Criminal Justice (CRJS) 425

White-Collar Crime and Investigation (Revision 5)

CRJS 425

Temporarily closed, effective October 16, 2017.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Criminal Justice 425: White–Collar Crime and Investigation, a three–credit, senior–level course that examines the increasing and costly non–violent crimes perpetrated within the Canadian business environment. You will be introduced to the major current perspectives within the field of financial investigations, and the theoretical principles and applications of financial investigative techniques. These discussions will include information on accounting procedures, methods of tracing funds, banking and financial record–keeping, and interviewing as applied to detecting and resolving financial crime.

Criminal Justice 425 begins by examining those activities that are defined as white–collar crime, meaning that they involve intentional deception and are enabled by the occupational status and power of the offender. This type of criminal activity includes the offences of fraud, theft, money laundering, and they can occur in a variety of occupational settings including large corporations, publicly traded companies, or various levels of government. There are often elaborate attempts to avoid detection. Perpetrators are often investigated and prosecuted using similar white-collar crime investigative procedures and legal measures. In this respect, you will be introduced to the white-collar crime investigative process and to the global dimensions of this type of criminal activity.


Criminal Justice 425: White-Collar Crime and Investigation comprises twelve units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Defining White-Collar Crime
  • Unit 2: Studying WhiteCollar Crime
  • Unit 3: The Impact of White–Collar Crime
  • Unit 4: The Law of Fraud in Canada
  • Unit 5: Money Laundering in Canada
  • Unit 6: Policing WhiteCollar Crime
  • Unit 7: The Fraud Investigation
  • Unit 8: The Forensic Accountant's Investigation
  • Unit 9: Contemporary Scams and Frauds
  • Unit 10: WhiteCollar Crimes: Case Studies
  • Unit 11: Forensic Accounting: Methods and Techniques
  • Unit 12: Challenges, Issues and Opportunities in Responding to WhiteCollar Crime


To receive credit for CRJS 425, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the course assignments and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Assign. 4 (Essay) Final Exam Total
10% 10% 20% 30% 30% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Croall, Hazel. (2001). Understanding white collar crime. Buckingham, United Kingdom: Open University Press.

A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, December 12, 2013.

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Updated October 16 2017 by Student & Academic Services