White Collar Crime - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Take Home Exam (30%) , Case Study (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This third year unit examines the role and nature of regulation and regulatory institutions in the criminal justice system. It specifically examines the crimes of the powerful such as white collar and corporate crime, and misconduct by public officials.

At the completion of this unit students will have developed:

  1. appreciation of the extent and nature of crimes other than the ‘street crimes’ traditionally regulated by police, particularly ‘crimes of the powerful’ such as corporate, occupational, governmental and technological crime
  2. insight into the study, description, measurement, causes and explanation of white collar crimes
  3. understanding of the range of legal, criminal justice and regulatory responses to, and of the principal Australian regulators of, white collar crime
  4. knowledge of regulatory theories that explain and inform regulatory practice, and developments in that practice
  5. familiarity with a range of regulatory enforcement strategies including the developing approaches of responsive and globalised regulation
  6. ability to think critically about problems and constraints affecting criminal justice and regulatory responses in relevant areas
  7. ability to identify, locate and analyse information resources relevant to the unit
  8. skills in analysis, problem solving, researching and academic writing.
  • Assessment — Take Home Exam (30%)
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes (20%)

This is not an introductory unit, it is a third year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first and second year criminology units.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction & overview of regulation & white collar crime
2Scale & impact of white collar crime
3Corporate crime
4White collar crime in occupations
5Governmental crime
6Financial & technological crimes
7Explaining white collar crime
8Can law & criminal justice control white collar crime?
9Regulatory responses to white collar crime
10Focus on regulation
11Regulatory debates in context: corporations
12Regulatory debates in context: drugs & tax
13Review and case study discussion

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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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