CIA210 - Ethics and the Justice System

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Subject Title
Ethics and the Justice System

Subject Description
This course introduces students to ethical issues that arise in the criminal justice system. Students examine various theoretical perspectives that explore the social and organizational processes that lead to ethical dilemmas, corruption, systemic discrimination, and other forms of morally questionable behaviour within the criminal justice system.  A historical perspective of ethical dilemmas and how ethical theories are directly applied to decision-making within the criminal justice system are discussed.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Compare the major schools of ethical thought and moral reasoning.
  2. Apply ethical models to define strategies to resolve unethical conduct.
  3. Describe the ethical challenges that law enforcement officials face in carrying out obligations and duties.
  4. Analyze ethical scenarios in law enforcement to determine the outcomes of unethical conduct.
  5. Apply ethical theories to analyze situations that involve informed consent, whistleblowing, and conflicts of interest.
  6. Analyze the use of police discretion within crime prevention.
  7. Explain the problems related to misconduct, oversight, recruiting, training and education.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.