Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour session per week (Part of the 30hrs total lecture allocation)
Seminars / Tutorials 6hrs (3 x 2hr sessions)
Lecture 2 x 1 hour sessions per week (Part of the 30hrs total lecture allocation)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1000 word essay to be submitted in appropriate semester  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   exam at end of appropriate semester  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1000 word essay - if essay element failed  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   - if exam element failed  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Provide an account of corporate, white collar and state offending.

2. Critically assess the activities involved and their effects on society.

3. Critically assess the legal control of the activities and their effects on society.

4. Evaluate the approach of the media and politicians to these activities.

Brief description

Academic rationale of the proposal: Law, enforcement and punishment regimes are studied in a different environment here. It will build on work from the first year and add a different dimension to the study of criminology.

Brief Description: This module will consider criminal and delinquent activity in places often thought of as basically law abiding. It will ascertain the types of activities, how they are controlled and why they occur. The module will embrace a number of theoretical explanations and assess their utility in crime control and punishment.


Exploring the Boundaries of Criminal Law

Corporate Crime:
  • Definitions and prevalence
  • Types of offending and their content.
  • Types of victim? corporate, government, employee, consumers or the public.
White Collar Crime:
  • Definitions and prevalence
  • Types of offending
  • Types of victim
State Crime:
  • Definitions and prevalence
  • Types of offending
  • Types of victim
Explanations for Corporate and Professional Crime

Explanations of White Collar Crime

Explanations of State Crime

Mechanisms of Control

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Understanding and evaluating relevant quantitative research data will be an important part of the module
Communication Oral communication skills will be encouraged in and honed in seminars and also in lectures through interactive learning - not assessed. Written communication skills will be practised through note taking both in lectures and private study and in formal submission of written work in assignments and examinations
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to practise and test their own learning and ability to use and interact with the materials through interactive leaning in both lectures and seminars.
Information Technology Preparation for seminars, the assignments and the examination will all require use of the library databases and other electronic databases. Students will be referred to useful urls and be encouraged to retrieve data electronically - not assessed. Students will be encouraged to prepare their assignment electronically - not assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Enhanced capacity for independent and critical thought. Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time - not assessed.
Problem solving Much of the module involves the study of theories developed to explain certain types of behaviour; students will have to assess their worth as tools to control crime.
Research skills Criminology necessarily involves an interdisciplinary approach therefore students will be introduced to research tools in a number of different subject areas. They will be supported and encouraged to develop research skills over these areas. They will be encouraged to read widely and to locate materials both in the library and on-line.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work This will be developed through exercises in preparation for and during seminars and in exercises and problems set in lectures.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Croall, Hazel (2001) Understanding White Collar Crime Rev. and updated ed. Open University Press Primo search
Essential Reading
Bell, Stuart and McGillivray, Donald (2008) Environmental Law Environmental Law 7th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Brightman, Hank J. (2009) Today's White Collar Crime: Legal, Investigative and Theoretical Perspectives Routledge Primo search Minkes J. and Minkes L. (2008) Corporate and White-Collar Crime SAGE Publications Primo search White, Rob (2009) Environmental Crime: A Reader Environmental Law Willan Primo search British Journal of Criminology Primo search Theoretical Criminology Primo search
Recommended Text
Bequai, August. (1978) White-Collar Crime :a 20th- century crisis Lexington Books Primo search Box, Steven. (1983) Power, Crime and Mystification Tavistock Primo search Chambliss, William J. (1999) Power, Politics and Crime Westview Primo search Coleman, R., Sim, J., Tombs, S., and Whyte, D. (2009) State Power Crime SAGE Primo search Geis, Gilbert and Jesilow, Paul (1993) White-Collar Crimes Sage Periodicals Press Primo search Gobert, James J. and Punch, Maurice (2003) Rethinking Corporate Crime Butterworths/LexisNexis Primo search Maguire, M, Morgan, R and Reiner, R. (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology 4th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Nelken, David (1994) White-Collar Crime Dartmouth Primo search Ruggiero, Vincenzo. (1996) Organized and Corporate Crime in Europe Dartmouth Pub. Co Primo search Slapper, Gary and Tombs, Steve (1999) Corporate Crime Longman Primo search Sutherland, Edwin Hardin (1961) White Collar Crime Holt, Rinehart and Winston Primo search Alalehto, T (2003) International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Economic Crime: Does Personality Matter? 47(3): 335-355 Primo search Croall, H (1989) British Journal of Criminology Who is the White-Collar Criminal? 29, 2: 157-174 Primo search Hirschi, T. and Gottfredson, M. (1987) Criminology Causes of White-Collar Crime 25, 949-74 Primo search Kleemans, E.R. (2008) European Journal of Criminology Criminal Careers in Organized Crime and Social Opportunity Structure 5(1): 69-98 Primo search Levi, M. (2008) British Journal of Criminology Measuring the Impact of Fraud in the UK 48, 293-318 Primo search Levi, M. (2006) British Journal of Criminology The Media Construction of Financial White-Collar Crimes 46, 1037-1057 Primo search Locker, J.P. and Godfrey, B. (2006) British Journal of Criminology Ontological Boundaries and Temporal Watersheds in the Development of White-Collar Crime 46, 976-992 Primo search Mativat, F. and Tremblay, P. (1997) British Journal of Criminology Counterfeiting Credit Cards 37, 165-183 Primo search Piquero, N.L. and Benson, M.L. (2004) Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers: Specifying a Trajectory of Punctuated Situational Offending 20(2): 148-165 Primo search Piquero, N.L., Carmichael, S. and Piquero, A.R. (2008) Crime and Delinquency Assessing the Perceived Seriousness of White-Collar Crime and Street Crimes 54(2):291-312 Primo search Robb, G. (2006) British Journal of Criminology Women and White-Collar Crime 46, 1058-1072 Primo search Unnever, J.D., Benson, M.L. and Cullen, F.T. (2008) Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency Public Support for Getting Tough on Corporate Crime 45(2): 163-190 Primo search White, R. (2008) Theoretical Criminology Depleted Uranium, State Crime and the Politics of Knowing 12(1): 31-54 Primo search
Supplementary Text
Bologna, Jack. (1993) Handbook on Corporate Fraud :protection, detection, and investigation Butterworth-Heinemann Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6