CRMJ2040-A Police Ethics (Spring 2021)

Course Details

Section will be taught totally online with no scheduled class meetings. Students must arrange for daily access to a computer and the Internet prior to the start of classes. Robert Morris labs are to be used only as a backup in special situations and may not be relied upon for extended periods of time. In addition to the Internet link, online classes have a large emphasis on email. All messages from the instructor and other information regarding online classes, including user ids, passwords, and login instructions will be sent to your Robert Morris University email account. Visit for more information.
Session, Dates: 4 (03/06/2021 - 04/30/2021)
Time: -
Location: Internet/Online
Seats Available: No Seats 3 Waiting
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course explores fundamental philosophical thoughts on morality and ethics and how these belief systems relate to ethical requirements for policing. The course begins with a look at early philosophy exploring the meaning and development of ethics. Thess include writings from Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, Buddha, Aquinas and Kant leading to our current Judeo/Christian understanding of ethics and morality. Students will then delve into the meaning and application of ethics a it applies to policing. Classroom instruction will consist of lectures, reinforced by the text, videos, maps, discussion, and supplemental readings.

Prerequisite: CRMJ1010

About the Instructor(s)

Francis X. Hartle, D.Sc.
Director, Criminal Justice Programs
Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Social Sciences
412-397-6042 phone
412-397-6044 fax
Wheatley Center 317