CJS 375

Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 16, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Examines a range of moral dilemmas which criminal justice practitioners are likely to face in their duties. Using both moral theory and detailed case examples, students learn to apply moral principles and concepts to a given situation, recognize the relevance of moral principles and concepts, and apply their individual moral philosophy to resolving these situations in a satisfactory manner. This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Apply moral theories, such as, deontological, utilitarian, virtue, social justice, and ethics of care theories to case studies.
  • Apply the ethical dilemma models to real-life and mock ethical dilemmas within criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  • Evaluate and understand the impact of ethical leadership and the consequences within an organization where integrity is in conflict.
  • Understand the ethical conflict that arises from the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States history and culture.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

  • Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  • Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  • Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.