Singapore University of Social Sciences

Ethical Issues in Security Enforcement

Ethical Issues in Security Enforcement (SEC347)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


SEC347 Ethical Issues in Security Enforcement is about understanding the ethical considerationsin peace time and in war time. It provides a macro-perspective on ethical issues for professionals inthe security industry in the public and private sectors. It also explains the concepts of moralobligation to state laws and social norms and examines ethics in security studies cases.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: ONLINE - 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.


  • The history of ethics and integrity in security
  • Ethical humanitarian intervention
  • The responsibility to protect
  • Autonomous weapons and ethical concerns in Security Studies
  • Human intervention and ethics
  • The ethics of privacy
  • Ethics in security surveillance among security forces
  • Moral obligation
  • Moral buffers and moral Injury
  • Ethics and academic integrity at armed forces universities and war colleges
  • International Law and codes of conduct
  • Case Studies in Ethical Security Studies

Learning Outcome

  • Outline the main arguments made in ethics and integrity in Security Studies
  • Rate the nature of human intervention and/or the responsibility of protection
  • Analyze the ethical dimension of the use of autonomous weapons
  • Distinguish between security moral dilemmas in privacy and surveillance
  • Evaluate the meaning of integrity and moral obligation in security
  • Develop ethical arguments to support a response to a given case study
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