Singapore University of Social Sciences

Ethical Issues in Public Safety

Ethical Issues in Public Safety (PAR303)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Science & Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Science & Technology


Examine the moral and ethical issues that can arise in public safety and develop strategies to monitor ethical behaviour. Explore within an ethical framework the inter-relationships of personal values, individual responsibility, decision making, discretion and acountability. Specific topics to be covered include core values, codes of conduct, ethical dilemmas, corporate/organizational consequences, liability and the importance of critical thinking. This course is conducted by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). It does not carry a Grade Point Value (GPV), but it will count towards fulfilling the credit requirements of the degree.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every 2 years
E-Learning: - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Morals, ethics, values and distinguishing right from wrong
  • Individual, corporate and societal responsibilities and duties
  • Behaviour, decision making and the use of discretion
  • The influence of subculture, peers and organizational dynamics
  • Ethical leadership and management
  • Code of ethics, statements of principles and organizational core values
  • Policies, supervision, centralized administration and early warning systems
  • Using core values to guide decision-making
  • Ethical dilemmas and the process of effective resolution
  • Ethical issues during an investigation and Nobel Cause corruption
  • Legislation, liability and litigation; individual and corporate responsibilities
  • Moral culpability verses legal culpability
  • Critical thinking and principled reasoning, the guidance of actions and behaviours

Learning Outcome

  • Debate the major arguments concerning the importance of ethics in the field of public safety
  • Distinguish alternative theoretical viewpoints and issues regarding morals, ethics, values, ethical codes, ethical standards and ethical dilemmas
  • Contrast individual values and responsibilities with those of organizational values and corporate/organizational consequences
  • Analyze an ethical dilemma, contrasting issues that include decision making, discretion and the structure of accountability
  • Use core values to guide decision making
  • Differentiate between corporate/organizational and individual misconduct, as well as issues related to consequences and liability
  • Perform critical thinking, evaluating the moral permissibility of a course of action including the resolution of an ethical dilemma
  • Design strategies to monitor ethical behaviour
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