White Collar Crime (Previously CCJ31) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • 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
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - Case Study (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the broad concept of white collar crime, examining in detail some of the most harmful categories of this type of offending. In addition to providing students with an understanding of the definition, scope and impact of this type of crime the course focuses on explaining and preventing white collar crime. Drawing upon psychological, sociological, organisational and integrated theories of offending and victimisation, students will develop a conceptual framework for understanding how and why white collar crimes occur and its impact. Recognising, in addition to police, the pivotal role of regulatory agencies who are largely responsible for detecting and preventing white collar crime, students will examine the regulatory agency system, their role within the broader criminal justice system and the theoretical basis for how they operate. Incompatible: 3011CCJ Regulation and White Collar Crime; CCJ31 Regulation and White Collar Crime.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of white collar crime as being behaviours which are criminal, and/or unethical or harmful.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the significant financial, social, political and environmental harm that results from white collar crime.
  3. Apply criminological theories to understand why and how white collar crime occurs.
  4. Develop basic strategies for the prevention of white collar crime.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role, functions and powers of Australia's primary regulatory agencies.
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of regulatory enforcement strategies and tools.
  7. Demonstrate sound analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Case Study — Case Study (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Student who have completed 3011CCJ Regulation and White Collar Crime or CCJ31 Regulation and White Collar Crime cannot enrol in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to White Collar Crime
2Scale & Impact of White Collar Crime
3Theories of white collar crime
4Government & Globalisation Crime
5Organised Crime
6Corporate & Occupational Crime
7Fraud and Cybercrime
8Regulatory Theory (Part 1)
9Regulatory Theory (Part 2)
10Enforcement of Regulation
11Self-regulation and Compliance
12Applying Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement
13Course Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary

    By:David O. Friedrichs

    ISBN: 9780495600824


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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