Ethical Issues

Course Code: CJS 200

Academic Year: 2019-2020

This course places the study of criminal justice ethics within the context of the larger field of ethics. The role of the criminal justice professional as a public servant is emphasized. Several key terms in the study of ethics will help students distinguish between ethics and morality and what are considered ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. Students study the primary sources that set out the major schools of ethical thought and moral reasoning. Various models are used to critically analyze Canadian criminal cases and social issues, such as euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, capital punishment, racism/ethnocentrism, police/correctional officer misconduct and corruption. In addition, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own ethical reasoning and consider alternative approaches.