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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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CRJS 490 is not available for challenge.
Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement is a three-credit, senior-level distance education course offered by Athabasca University. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities facing criminal justice professionals in a fluid twenty-first century environment. With the level of scrutiny of police officers and other criminal justice practitioners 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, organizations are compelled to view ethical behaviour and the fallout from inappropriate conduct as one of the most critical issues facing organizations today.
Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement comprises the following nine units:
Your final grade in Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement will be based on the grades you achieve on the course assignments for credit.
To receive credit you must achieve an overall course grade of at
least D (50 percent). The following table summarizes the assignments for credit, their weighting toward your final grade, and the date at which they are due according to the study schedule provided in this course."
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The course materials for Criminal Justice 490: Ethical Decision Making in Law Enforcement are mostly found on the course website.
Caldero, M. A., & Crank, J. P. (2011). Police ethics: The corruption of the noble cause (Revised 3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing.
Delattre, E. J. (2011). Character and cops: Ethics in policing (6th ed.). Washington, DC: AEI Press.
Gilmartin, K. M. (2002). Emotional survival for law enforcement: A guide for officers and their families. Tucson, AZ: E-S Press.
Souryal, S. S. (2011). Ethics in criminal justice: In search of the truth (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing.
Required readings for this course are contained in the print Reading File or through the DRR, Digital Reading Room. You will be directed to these readings at the appropriate points in the course.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, April 30, 2013.
Updated October 30, 2019 by Student & Academic Services