Ethics In Justice And Security –


(3 credits)

This course will examine the theoretical and philosophical basis of ethics and the standards of professional conduct and leadership applicable to justice and security agencies. Applicable case studies will be used, as well as contemporary situations in ethics.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Ethical Decision Making and Moral Climate in Justice and Security

  • Discuss human rights and the war on terror.
  • Analyze corruption in justice and security.
  • Describe ethical dilemmas in justice and security.
  • Explain the factors involved in the use of discretion.
  • Demonstrate skills associated with ethical management.

The Influence of Diversity, Culture, and Values in Justice and Security

  • Analyze the relationship between equality and ethics in justice and security.
  • Assess the relationship between prejudice and ethical standards for behavior in justice and security.
  • Analyze cross-cultural ethics as they relate to justice and security on a global scale.
  • Describe the concepts of cultural relativism, norms, and societal mores in relationship to justice and security.
  • Compare and contrast how different management and leadership types deal with ethical issues.

Ethical Obligations in Society

  • Assess ethical concerns associated with various techniques used by the government to deter criminals.
  • Analyze how social norms and consequences influence private ethical decision making.
  • Compare and contrast ethics in relation to private decisions, public influence, and their consequences.
  • Analyze the relationship of law, standards of morality, ethics in justice and security.
  • Describe the core elements of justice and law in free societies.

Ethics in the Formulation of Justice and Security Policy

  • Examine the relationship between ethics and organizational performance.
  • Compare the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, Court Code of Ethics, Correctional Code of Ethics, and Private Security Code of Ethics.
  • Explore the challenges of balancing the long-term interest of the government, its citizens, and private enterprise in developing organizational policy.
  • Compare the differences in the standards of individual moral behavior and institutional codes of ethics.
  • Examine the responsibility of organizational leaders in the development of and adherence to a code of ethics.
  • Describe the role of a code of ethics in justice and security organizations.

Fundamental Ethical Issues in Justice and Security

  • Describe freedom in relationship to personal rights and ethical standards and obligations.
  • Describe utilitarianism as it pertains to justice and security issues.
  • Analyze ethical dimensions of key issues confronting the criminal justice system.
  • Define justice and the various components of justice.

Philosophical Foundations of Ethics in Justice and Security

  • Analyze the nature and extent of criminal justice responsibility.
  • Examine the nature of personal and group ground rules and values in justice and security.
  • Define the various philosophies of ethics as applied to the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the historical origins of ethics and justice theories.
  • Describe foundational ethical systems described in traditional philosophy.

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