LAW41500 White Collar Crime

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the ambiguous nature of corporate and white-collar wrongdoing, behaviour which often straddles the boundaries between criminal and non-criminal wrongdoing, and which often combines the respectable person and the criminal in one figure. Key topics for analysis include: investigation, trial and punishment; compliance and sanctioning models of corporate enforcement; corporate criminal liability and individual responsibility; and regulatory responses as indicators of social change.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. Outline the nature and characteristics of corporate and white-collar crimes.
2. Distinguish between sanctioning and compliance-orientated models of corporate enforcement, exercising an appreciation for the relative strengths and weaknesses of each model, and their overlapping nature.
3. Outline the Irish experience of addressing corporate misbehaviour, recognising the social, political and economic context to enforcement.
4. Critically describe the various procedures in place for the investigation, prosecution and punishment of corporate wrongdoers, including the various due process protections in place, demonstrating an awareness of the problems associated with these mechanisms.

Indicative Module Content:

Nature and Character of White Collar Crime
Investigation, Prosecution and Defence
Sentencing and Ancillary Orders
Corporate Manslaughter (Health and Safety)
Company Offences
Market Abuse
Theft and Fraud Offences
Money Laundering
Confiscation of Assets

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; enquiry & problem-based learning; debates; case-based learning; student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Written Paper (4,000 words) Week 8 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Six-minute in-class presentation based on previously submitted 4,000 work research paper. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback via virtual learning environment in line with law school policy