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Ethics and Leadership in Policing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 234

       Course Name: Ethics and Leadership in Policing

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: LAE 101 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students to successfully resolve critical ethical and leadership issues they will encounter in their law enforcement careers. Content includes developing and maintaining professional integrity, the proper exercise of discretion and authority, morale and motivation, and responsibility for ethical conduct. It also explores analysis and evaluation of ethical dilemmas, roles of professional organizations and agencies, ethics and community relations, ethics in criminal justice laws and procedures and civil liability in law enforcement and correctional environments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Understand the dual roles of law enforcement and law enforcement subculture.
    • Explore the limits of discretion and corresponding duties for law enforcement.
    • Identify and discuss the primary forms of corrupt law enforcement practices.
    • Identify and discuss ethical issues involved in police procedures.
    • Explore methods to reduce corruption and unethical police procedures including training, supervision, protection for whistle blowers and citizen review boards.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

• The Challenger for Modern Policing
• The Importance of Ethical Leadership
• Concepts and Dynamics of Leadership
• Ethics, Morality, and Leadership
• Policing and Professional Conduct
• Communication: Key to Interpersonal Relations
• Motivation: Key to Personal and Professional Success
• Ethical Decision Making and Problem solving
• Planning, Organization, Implementation, and Evaluation
• Ethical Leadership in the Context of Policing a Community
• Policing and Homeland Security
• Strategic Policing
• Vision for Change

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, group discussions, written assignments, practical applications and tests
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

• Reading:  College Level
• Writing:  Short paper
• Oral Presentation:  Role Play
• Computer Use:  Research
• Fieldwork:  Interview a local police official

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
BELOW 60% = F

Grades will be a composite of the following areas:
    • Weekly Quizzes       20%
    • Mid-term Exam        25%
    • Class Project            15%
    • Class Participation    15%
    • Final Exam              25%

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.