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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ308 Course ID: 2539 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course concentrates on the major functions, structures and processes that underline ethical issues within the American Criminal Justice System. This course will explore the structure and nature of the various types of ethical debates within the American judicial system. There will be an assessment of the ethics in criminal justice, as it explores the issues of morality, virtue, honesty, and making ethical decisions in the United States criminal justice system. Assessments of various issues will be examined as they relate to decision making and ethics.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
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

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO1: Describe ethics in the criminal justice system.

CO2: Explain the important role of accountability, supervision, and organizational culture in reducing unethical behavior.

CO3: Distinguish between ethical and unethical conduct.

CO4: Analyze the ethical challenges facing today’s modern criminal justice system.

CO5: Compare and contrast the concepts of ethical decision making within the leadership and management structure of the criminal justice system.

CO6: Explain ethical decision-making process in the criminal justice system.

CO7: Outline strategies employed by leaders in criminal justice organizations to effectively prevent ethics violations.


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 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
CMRJ 308 Final-Exam 20.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 29.00 %
Forum Week 1 4.83 %
Forum Week 2 4.83 %
Forum Week 3 4.83 %
Forum Week 5 4.83 %
Forum Week 6 4.83 %
Forum Week 7 4.83 %
Term Paper 30.00 %
Term Paper 30.00 %
Midterm Exam 20.00 %
CMRJ308 Mid-Term-Exam 20.00 %

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

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.