Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Andrew Serpell


This subject analyses and evaluates criminal conduct in the business world. It examines conduct within corporate entities which may lead to criminal (or other serious penalties) being imposed on corporations and/or individuals. Areas covered include industrial manslaughter, serious cartel conduct, liability for defective disclosure and insider trading. The subject considers the legal and practical difficulties which arise in detecting and prosecuting corporate crime.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse and evaluate the nature of crime, corporate crime and white collar crime
  2. identify and explain various laws relevant to corporate criminality
  3. describe the criminal and other penalties which may be imposed on corporations and individuals
  4. identify and explain the mechanisms for preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting corporate crime, including where international co-operation is required
  5. consider the relationship between corporate crime and corporate social responsibility.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


BTF1010 or equivalent


BTW2223, BTG2223