Professional Ethics and Corruption Prevention - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit addresses issues surrounding current trends in criminal justice in the area of accountability, and provides an applied analysis of the complex ethical decisions faced by criminal justice professionals. It examines public expectations about criminal justice processes, and analyses cultural and institutional barriers to the fulfilment of goals such as impartiality and equity.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand the conflicts involved in ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals, ways of resolving them and the ethical principles that should guide behaviour
  2. know the main types of misconduct that occur in the criminal justice system, and specific strategies for combating and preventing misconduct.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a third year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first and second year criminology units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector and Criminal Justice
3Police Ethics
4Police Corruption and Misconduct
5Case Studies in Police Misconduct
6Integrity Management and Accountability
7Legal Ethics
8Miscarriages of Justice
9Integrity Management and Accountability
10Correctional Ethics
11Abuses in Corrections
12Integrity Management and Accountability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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