Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

AJ 235 - Ethics In The Criminal Justice System

  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: AJ 101

An identification and analysis of the diverse ethical issues encountered in the Criminal Justice System. Traditional ethical theories will be examined and applied to such topics as discretion, plea bargaining, bail, wiretapping, privacy, punishment, and prisoners' rights.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of AJ 235, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical and foundations of ethics that constitute the basis of ethical thinking and the value of ethical inquiry;
  • Appreciate the significance of metaphysics and moral psychology (free will and determinism, relativism, self-interest, moral motivation and its development) and its impact on and importance for crime, law, and justice;
  • Describe the three primary categories of ethical inquiry (meta-, normative, and applied), as well as the domains of normative ethical inquiry (character, intentions, actions, and consequences);
  • Identify and describe the three basic frameworks of normative ethics: consequentialism; deontology; and virtue-based ethics;
  • Explain the definitions and relationship between moral values, ethical judgments, justice, and law; and
  • Describe the ethical issues involved in the various aspects of the criminal justice system.

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