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SCMT371 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT371 Course ID: 2561 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course assesses legal and ethical issues that inevitably affect security managers. It examines dimensions of security management including pertinent points of civil and criminal law, personnel law and obligations, negotiations, contract management, constitutional rights of individuals, legal compliance, liability, ethical standards and dilemmas, and decision-making.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the historical foundations of private security.

CO-2: Demonstrate a working knowledge of case law as it applies to security professionals;

CO-3: Identify the similarities and differences between public law enforcement and private security forces as they pertain to search and seizure, the exclusionary rule and the concept of being “on” and “off-duty”.

CO-4: Assess the role the federal government plays in regulating the private security industry.

CO-5: Interpret legal and ethical issues in security.

Forum Discussions

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.


Each assignment should reflect the student’s critical thinking skills and their understanding of the terms, concepts, and theories from the assigned readings.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Assignments 80.00 %
Assignment 1 16.00 %
Assignment 2 16.00 %
Assignment 3 16.00 %
Assignment 4 16.00 %
Final Assignment 16.00 %

Nemeth, C. Private Security and The Law-4th Edition, copyright Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann 2011ISBN 10: 0123869226 / 0-12-386922-6

ISBN 13: 9780123869227

Encyclopedia of Ethics Failures, DOD Office of General Counsel Standards of Conduc Office (Located in Resources area under Course Tools)

Book Title:Private Security and Law, 4th ed.-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:Nemeth, Charles
Unit Cost:$65.52
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.