Fraud, corruption and computer crime
Our concept of crime automatically includes images of murders, robbers, rapists, and burglars. These ‘bad guys’ are mainly drawn from disorganised lower class neighbourhoods.
In reality, a large number of crimes are committed by respectable white collar people such as businessmen, government officials, politicians, professionals and technicians.
This course is an in-depth examination of three major types of white collar crimes including fraud, corruption, and computer crime.
Course learning outcomes
After completing this course, students should be able to
- gain a thorough understanding of theoretical debates about white collar crime.
- accurately describe the recent developments of fraud, corruption and computer crime.
- critically evaluate the current policy of controlling fraud, corruption and computer crime.
Rosoff, S.M., Pontell, H.N. and Tillman, R. (2014) Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America. Sixth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Course co-ordinator and teachers
This course introduced me to a whole new dimension of criminology, including the “hidden” and ignored crimes in society. I learned that white-collar crimes, like street crimes, are also acts of lying, cheating, and stealing, but carried out behind a legitimate “front”.
– Teresa Lau, 4th year Criminology Major undergaduate student