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.
Philosophical Foundations of Ethics in Justice and Security
Describe foundational ethical systems described in traditional philosophy.
Explain the historical origins of ethics and justice theories.
Define the various philosophies of ethics as applied to the criminal justice system.
Examine the nature of personal and group ground rules and values in justice and security.
Analyze the nature and extent of criminal justice responsibility.
Fundamental Ethical Issues in Justice and Security
Define justice and the various components of justice.
Analyze ethical dimensions of key issues confronting the criminal justice system.
Describe utilitarianism as it pertains to justice and security issues.
Describe freedom in relationship to personal rights and ethical standards and obligations.
Ethics in the Formulation of Justice and Security Policy
Describe the role of a code of ethics in justice and security organizations.
Examine the responsibility of organizational leaders in the development of and adherence to a code of ethics.
Compare the differences in the standards of individual moral behavior and institutional codes 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 Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, Court Code of Ethics, Correctional Code of Ethics, and Private Security Code of Ethics.
Examine the relationship between ethics and organizational performance.
Ethical Obligations in Society
Describe the core elements of justice and law in free societies.
Analyze the relationship of law, standards of morality, ethics in justice and security.
Compare and contrast ethics in relation to private decisions, public influence, and their consequences.
Analyze how social norms and consequences influence private ethical decision making.
Assess ethical concerns associated with various techniques used by the government to deter criminals.
The Influence of Diversity, Culture, and Values in Justice and Security
Compare and contrast how different management and leadership types deal with ethical issues.
Describe the concepts of cultural relativism, norms, and societal mores in relationship to justice and security.
Analyze cross-cultural ethics as they relate to justice and security on a global scale.
Assess the relationship between prejudice and ethical standards for behavior in justice and security.
Analyze the relationship between equality and ethics in justice and security.
Ethical Decision Making and Moral Climate in Justice and Security
Demonstrate skills associated with ethical management.
Explain the factors involved in the use of discretion.
Describe ethical dilemmas in justice and security.
Analyze corruption in justice and security.
Discuss human rights and the war on terror.
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