Using Movies to Illustrate Ethical Dilemmas in Undergraduate Criminal Justice Classes

TitleUsing Movies to Illustrate Ethical Dilemmas in Undergraduate Criminal Justice Classes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPino, NW, Brunson, RK, Stewart, EA
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice Education
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10511253
Accession Number40627090
Keywords(Film) , (Film); , Burning , COLLEGE , ethical , ETHICS; , Justice; , MISSISSIPPI , MOTION , Perdition , pictures; , Problems; , ROAD , SOCIAL , students; , teachers; , to
AbstractEthics education in criminal justice programs has increased in popularity, but instructors sometimes struggle to teach ethics in such a way that students retain what they have learned and apply ethical principles in the criminal justice field upon graduation. The current research highlights that there are several benefits of presenting ethical dilemmas to students through popular movies such as Mississippi Burning and Road to Perdition. This study found that students who were required to identify ethical dilemmas in movies were more likely to understand the complexities of ethical situations and to see how ethical principles applied as compared to students taught using a traditional lecture method.
NotesPino, Nathan W. 1 Brunson, Rod K. 2 Stewart, Eric A. 3; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor of Sociology, Texas State University, San Marcos. 2: Assistant Professor, Center for Study of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. 3: Associate Professor, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University.; Source Info: Jul2009, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p194; Subject Term: ETHICAL problems; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: COLLEGE teachers; Subject Term: MOTION pictures; Subject Term: SOCIAL problems; Subject Term: JUSTICE; Subject Term: STUDENTS; Reviews & Products: MISSISSIPPI Burning (Film); Reviews & Products: ROAD to Perdition (Film); NAICS/Industry Codes: 512110 Motion Picture and Video Production; Number of Pages: 9p; Illustrations: 1 chart; Document Type: Article
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