FAC755 - Criminology and Ethics

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Subject Title
Criminology and Ethics

Subject Description
Understanding criminal behaviour is an essential component of an effective fraud investigation. This course will consider theories of criminal causation and ethical dilemmas. In addition, students will evaluate situational cases involving conflicts of interest and breach of fiduciary duties. The course will also address non-technical professional issues faced by fraud investigators in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.

Credit Status
One Credit of the professional requirements in the post-graduate Certificate Programs in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define and explain criminology and its relationship to the criminal justice system and deviant behaviour.
  2. Define and explain various theories underlying the study of criminology and crime causation including white collar crime.
  3. Define and explain the criminal enterprise and discuss the evolution of criminal law.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues facing criminologists.
  5. Explain how criminologists study crime by examining and explaining trends and crime rates and evaluating significant societal issues.
  6. Define and explain crime typologies, including violent, property, enterprise (such as white-collar, cyber and organized), and public order crime.
  7. Understand theory of crime including white collar crime.
  8. Define, analyze and explain contemporary ethical challenges in criminology and business.
  9. Develop an understanding of trends in contemporary business ethics by evaluating the actions including the Wall Street finance and mortgage "meltdown" in and around 2008, the Charbonneau Commission, Lac-Mégantic, the FIFA corruption scandal, the Senate expense review and other current events.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.