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Ethics in Criminal Justice (CRJ 301)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: synthesize various ethical theories and principles to develop a comprehensive understanding of ethical decision-making in the criminal justice context; analyze real-world cases involving ethical dilemmas faced by law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and court officials to identify the key ethical issues and challenges; create strategies for promoting ethical behavior and decision-making within criminal justice organizations, considering the unique challenges faced by these organizations; appraise the effectiveness of existing policies and practices related to ethics and accountability in criminal justice organizations, and propose recommendations for improvement; design an ethical framework for criminal justice professionals that incorporates ethical theories, principles, and real-world considerations to guide decision-making in complex situations; compare and contrast different approaches to criminal justice reform, focusing on the ethical implications and potential consequences of each approach; and evaluate the role of ethics in the criminal justice system and its impact on the behavior of criminal justice professionals.


This course explores the ethical problems and challenges encountered in the various parts of the justice system including law enforcement, litigation, sentencing, corrections, and policy making.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management (6/23).