Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss white collar crime behaviours that are criminal, and/or unethical or harmful.
  2. Analyse 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. Describe 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.
    • Introduction to White Collar Crime
    • Scale & Impact of White Collar Crime
    • Theories of white collar crime
    • Government & Globalisation Crime
    • Organised Crime
    • Corporate Crime
    • Occupational Crime
    • Regulatory Theory (Part 1)
    • Regulatory Theory (Part 2)
    • Enforcement of Regulation
    • Self-regulation and Compliance
    • Applying Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment


Student who have completed 3011CCJ Regulation and White Collar Crime or CCJ31 Regulation and White Collar Crime cannot enrol in this subject. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as CCJ31.

This subject 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 degree 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.

  • Online Quiz (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Case Study (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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