Course Summary
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Criminal Justice 301: White Collar Crime
16 weeks (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introduction to white collar crime and corruption


The course objective is to teach students the fundamentals of different types of white-collar crime. Students will study the history of white collar crime; types of white-collar crime such as corporate, avocational, political, and techno crimes; and the processes for regulating, prosecuting, and defending it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate understanding of the criminal and sociological history of white collar crime
  • synthesize the characteristics and classifications of white collar crime, theories that explain white collar crime, and the costs and consequences to victims of white collar crime
  • describe the various perspectives and methods for studying white collar crime
  • compare and contrast different types of white collar crimes, including corporate, avocational, and occupational white collar crime, governmental and political crime, state-organized crime, enterprise crime, contrepreneurial crime, and technocrime
  • explain how civil and criminal law can be used to control white collar crime
  • explain how law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels try to regulate white collar crime
  • speculate the future of white collar crime, including the new crimes that may emerge as structural transformation of society occurs

General Course Topics:

  • Discovery and study of white-collar crime
  • White collar crime in corporations
  • Occupational white-collar crime
  • Avocational crime and fraud
  • Political white collar crime
  • Techno crimes, contrepreneurial crime and enterprise crime
  • Theories of white collar crime
  • Policing and regulating white collar crime
  • Prosecuting, defending, and sentencing white collar crime
  • Addressing the challenge of white-collar crime
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials