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White Collar Crime

3 Credits

This course is a part of:
Certificate Program
Associate's Degree Program
Bachelor's Degree Program

Recommended Prerequisite:
PLG-103: Criminal Law

There are few hard and fast rules in white collar crime investigations and prosecutions. Accordingly, our focus in this class will not be on simply learning and memorizing rules. Rather, this class seeks to introduce students to a variety of topics and issues in the white collar crime area. Specifically, this course will review the debate regarding the definition of white-collar crime, overview the costs of white-collar and corporate crime to society, consider the use of economic and criminal sanctions to deter the misconduct of white collar criminal offenders, and explore other possible means of preventing the commission of white collar crimes.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define "white collar crime."
  • Provide examples of behavior generally characterized as white collar criminal activity.
  • Explain the effect of white collar crime on society.
  • Describe various laws enacted to deter the commission of white collar criminal activity.
  • Explain challenges associated with the prosecution, defense, and adjudication of white collar crimes.
  • Delineate the state and federal enforcement agencies and officials charged with policing and regulating white collar crime.
  • Apply the concepts of criminal and civil liability to the area of white collar crime.
  • Distinguish between the various classes of white collar crime (i.e., occupational crime, technocrime, finance crime, etc.).
  • Determine and explain challenges affecting the justice system's response to white collar crime.