CJ-500: Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 Weeks
Credits: 4 Credits (168 Clock Hours)



This course examines the major ethical dilemmas that confront criminal justice professionals throughout their careers. Students are exposed to the philosophical principles of ethical decision-making. Students also examine issues-based, practical approaches to ethical issues found in all three branches of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections. Policy issues are reviewed and students are encouraged to engage in discussions of key topics in professional ethics and the delicate balance between law and justice. Students enrolled in this course will begin to think about the impact and importance of ethical decision making as they explore such topics as: medical marijuana, police response to Hurricane Katrina, police subculture, systematic discrimination, racial profiling, terrorism and homeland security, the question of immoral laws and other issues which are both exciting and relevant to the Criminal Justice professional.

Course Syllabus (click to view)

Earn Your Certificate Online

Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.

Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.

This certificate is valid in all 50 States.


Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course

Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.

Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.

Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.


Fully Accredited Online School

WOLI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Secondary Schools, one of the most prestigious accrediting agencies in the United States.