CRIJ116 Crimes in U.S. Business

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ116 Crimes in U.S. Business
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 or
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the history of white-collar crime and present-day white collar crime. The major topics of study include criminal infractions in small and large business corporations and the methods of investigation utilized by criminal justice agencies.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. examine white-collar crime in public, private and governmental institutions;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the crimes against the individual and the roles of business involved in the criminal activity; and
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the investigative issues related to business crimes.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. examination of the legal concept of white collar crime
    2. crimes against the public -- environmental crime
    3. institutional corruption: mass media and religion
    4. crimes by the government and corporations
    5. crimes against the individual -- consumers and products
    6. causes of crime and investigative actions needed to make a difference
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015