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CMRJ500 - Criminal Justice Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ500 Course ID: 2576 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as law enforcement ethics, research ethics, and are examined.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate and explain the following seven primary learning objectives:

CO1: Examine the foundation for modern ethical thought in the criminal justice profession.

CO2: Analyze the root causes of misconduct by criminal justice professionals.

CO3: Evaluate the role of leadership and accountability in the criminal justice system.

CO4: Prepare an ethics training program for a Criminal Justice organization (Police, Prosecutor’s office, or Corrections).

CO5: Develop the beginnings of an ethics policy for a specific criminal justice organization.

CO6: Assess how the culture and subculture of Criminal Justice organizations may work as an impediment to ethical behavior.

CO7: Examine ethics in criminal justice research.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 39.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.88 %
Week 2 Forum 4.88 %
Week 3 Forum 4.88 %
Week 4 Forum 4.88 %
Week 5 Forum 4.88 %
Week 6 Forum 4.88 %
Week 7 Forum 4.88 %
Week 8 Forum 4.88 %
Research Papers 20.00 %
Week 7 Research Paper 20.00 %
Introduction Post week 1 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Week 8 Final Exam 20.00 %
Midterm Exam 20.00 %
Week 4 Midterm 20.00 %
Graduate Student Orientation 0.00 %
Graduate Student Orientation 0.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed
Publication Info:American Psychological Association
Author:American Psychological Association
Unit Cost:$31.35
Electronic ISBN:9781433813757
Electronic Unit Cost:$29.95
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.