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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

White Collar Crime (PLG-304)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
October 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: define white collar crime; provide examples of behavior generally characterized as white collar criminal activity; explain the effect of white collar crime on society; describe various laws enacted to deter the commission of white collar criminal activity; explain challenges associated with the prosecution, defense, and adjudication of white collar crimes; discuss the state and federal enforcement agencies and officials charged with policing and regulating white collar crime; describe the concepts of criminal and civil liability and how they relate to the area of white collar crime; outline various classes of white collar crime (i.e., occupational crime, technocrime, finance crime, etc.); and explain challenges affecting the justice system's response to white collar crime.

This course introduces students to a variety of topics and issues in the area of white collar crime and specifically reviews the debate regarding the definition of white collar crime. Other topics include: costs of white collar crime and corporate crime to society; use of economic and criminal sanctions to deter the misconduct of white collar criminal offenders; and possible preventive measures of white collar crimes. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in White Collar Crime (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).