Corporate crime is a significant economic drain on society. In this unit we shall examine the main forms of corporate crime ranging from company and security offences, collusion and corruption, taxation, consumer affairs and safety, and the environment. Case studies will be used to consider the determination of offences and the circumstances that lead to corporate crime. The unit will then consider the criminal liability of corporations, as well as their directors. The unit will then apply consider international examples of misconduct including misconduct in the context of corporate negligence as well as financial and accounting fraud. Policies, governance regulations, ethical guidelines and laws aimed at detecting and preventing corporate crime will be evaluated. The unit will conclude by considering the treatment of white collar offending in sentencing and comparing white collar criminal responsibility, to the civil penalty scheme, and the rationale and overlap between the two schemes.

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LCR1001 - Introduction to Criminology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and examine key corporate offences and their social context  
  2. Analyse and explain the attribution of criminal liability to corporations and directors  
  3. Explain current policies, regulatory and legal approaches to corporate crime  
  4. Explain the differences between criminal responsibility for white collar offending and the application of the civil penalty regime.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Case study test 15%
Exercise Class exercises 20%
Report Briefing paper 50%
Presentation Presentation on current issues 15%

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