Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Crimes and Misconduct in Business, Politics and the Professions
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 words to be submitted in appropriate semester  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 words - if essay element failed  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  - if exam element failed. Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful 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

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.


Historical Perspectives on White Collar Crime
Nature and types of White Collar Crime
Explanations/Theories of White Collar Crime
Victims and Victimization
Emerging Issues in White Collar Criminality
Regulating White Collar Crime
White Collar Criminality in specific sectors

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. Students will be encouraged to prepare their assignment electronically.
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.
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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6