CRJS 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement Report a Broken Link

Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities facing law enforcement professionals in a fluid twenty-first century policing environment. With the level of scrutiny of police officers by the public and governments, and with access by the mass media to downloads from cell phones that become accessible worldwide on the Internet within hours of an event, policing has truly become global entertainment. More than ever, police organizations are compelled to view ethical behaviour and the fallout from inappropriate conduct as one of the most critical issues in policing today.

Building a foundation for career survival and learning the behavioural skills necessary to manage ethical dilemmas are among the most important skills to learn in preparing for a career in law enforcement. Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement is a highly demanding course that requires learners to understand the foundations of moral reasoning, what contributes to unethical conduct, managing ethical dilemmas, and strategies to survive and thrive in a law enforcement career. The course provides students with the opportunity to examine the ethical dilemmas that law enforcement professionals face, and then to practice how to respond assertively by using models that help to identify the root cause of ethical challenges and to develop solutions that work.

The following items comprise some of the required readings for the course. Other required readings are found in the course textbooks and the print Reading File.

Required Readings

Unit 1: The Foundations and Philosophy of Ethics

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Unit 2: What Contributes to Unethical Conduct?

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Unit 3: Managing Ethical Dilemmas

Unit 4: Continuation of Compromise

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Unit 5: Case Study Analyses

Unit 6: Ethical Scandals and How They Affect Public Trust

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Unit 7: Ethical Challenges Facing Law Enforcement Leaders

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Unit 8: Rebuilding Character and Organizational Values

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Unit 9: Developing a Culture of Integrity

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