Ethics in Criminal Justice

Ethics in Criminal Justice


Fall 2010
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010

Course Information

Section 001
W 7:05PM - 9:45PM
CYP5 2228
David Jaso

Section 002
Distance Learning
David Jaso

Office Hours

  • T
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Eastview Campus
    Building 3000 Room 3228
  • W
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Cypress Creek Campus
    Adjunct Faculty Office, Bldg. 2000, Room 2204.4

Course Requirements

Ethics 1348 


August 25, 2010

September 1, 2010

September 8, 2010

September 15, 2010

September 22, 2010

September 29, 2010

October 6, 2010

October 13, 2010

October 20, 2010

October 27, 2010

November 3, 2010

November 10, 2010

November 17, 2010

November 24, 2010

December 1, 2010

December 8, 2010

December 12, 201

Administrative requirements and Chapter 1:
Ethics, Crime, and Justice: An Introductory Note to Students

Chapter 2:  Utilitarian and Deontological Approaches to Criminal Justice Ethics

Chapter 4:  How Police Officers Learn Ethics

Exam 1

Chapter 6: Ethical Dilemas in Police Work and
Feedback on Exam 1

Chapter 9: Prosecutor Misconduct

Chapter 11: Crime and Punishment: Punishment Philosophies and Ethical Dilemas

Exam 2

Lecture and Project and Feedback on Exam 2

Lecture and Project

Lecture and Project Test

Chapter 13: Ethical Issues in Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

Chapter 14: Restorative Justice and the Peacemaking Ethic

Chapter 16: Ethics and Prisons: Selected Issues

Exam 3

Feedback on Exam 3 and final grades

Class ends


The required text for this course is the current edition of  Justice Crime and Ethics by Michael C. Braswell, Belinda R. McCarthy and Bernard J. McCarthy. 

A Study Guide for Justice Crime and ethics prepared by Lana McDowell (Michael C. Braswell, Belinda R. McCarthy and Bernard J. McCarthy) is optional.

Special Note: 

Chapter 7: Police Ethics, Legal Proselytism, and the Social Order: Paving the Path to Misconduct is assigned as outside reading and will be covered in Exam 2.

Chapter 14: Restorative Justice and the Peacemaking Ethic is assigned as outside reading and will be covered in Exam 3.

Course Subjects

Study of ethical thought and issues facing the criminal justice professional.

Topics include constitutional ethics, codes of conduct, and standards of conduct.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

At the end of this course,  the student will be able to:

  1.        Demonstrate more open-mindedness toward differences of opinion.
  2.        Demonstrate awareness  of the ethical issues they face every day.
  3.        Demonstrate development of  critical thinking skills to analyze ethical issues.
  4.        Demonstrate acceptance of personal responsibility and be accountable for their actions and decisions.
  5.        Demonstrate  development of an understanding and avoid "group-think" and the importance of living
           their lives with moral courage.


Students will demonstrate that these objectives have been mastered through the use of class discussions, written assignments, demonstrations, and test taking.