corporate power and white collar crime



  • The take-home exam comprises 25% of assessment for this subject.
  • The exam comprises of 4 questions that have been randomly allocated to students. Each are short answer questions with a word length of 250 words. Answers that are significantly longer than this (more than 10%) will be penalised. References are not calculated in the work count. You must answer all 4 questions that have been individually allocated to you.
  • You are to answer the questionsin a separate document and then submit this document via Turnitin on the assignments page. You should ensure your allocated questions are included in your separate document. The questions are not included in the word count.
  • The exam is to be submitted via Canvas assignmentsno later than 5pm on Monday June 7th before 5pm.
  • Please note: this is an exam and subject to exam conditions. Exam script submissions will not be returned and late submissions cannot be marked.
  • Students are to base their essay on the subject reading guide and the lecture material relevant to each question. Simple referencing of lectures and reading material is required (i.e. lectures can be referenced e.g. as Lecture 4: Complex Financial Fraud; or for a reading in the guide you can reference e.g. as Week 9: Glasbeek 2002). The aim of the takehome exam is to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and argumentsconsidered in this subject.

The Questions:

  1. Reducing the levels of corporate crime is often understood as a challenge of ‘punish or persuade’. Briefly describe what this means and then provide one example of both approaches. Then, briefly outline one strategy or approach that might complement the use of punitive or persuasive techniques. (WEEK 11 LECTURES)


  1. “In order to understand corporate and white-collar crime, it is essential to understand the harms generated by small business”. Drawing on the lectures and readings for the subject provide four reasons why this statement is either helpful or unhelpful. In your answer you may choose one side of the argument or cover reasons that both support and reject the statement. (WEEK 9 LECTURES, argue yes it is essential to understand harms by small businesses)
  2. Crime against the environment can be understood in different ways when understanding the relationship between the harm and the law. (WEEK 8 LECTURES)
  3. Briefly describe 3 different ways environmental crime can be understood that illustrate the diversity in this relationship.
  4. Describe one example of environmental harm or crime and use is to illustrate one of ways you have identified in (a) above
  5. James Mitchell makes the distinction between routine and surprise disasters. Briefly describe this difference and provide one reason why this distinction may be helpful and one reason why it might be problematic in understanding the diversity of causes of industrial disasters. In your answer you should draw on one or two examples of industrial disasters covered in the subject to illustrate your arguments. (WEEK 7 LECTURES)



i will attach all the relevant weeks lecture slides and readings down below. no further research is. required only what is found down below. i will put lectures and readings for weeks 11, 9, 8 and 7. each lecture and reading is relevant for a specific question with i put in brackets after each question and i highlighted. i will also add week 1 and 2 lecture and reading because they touch on overall concepts and they be skimmed through prior to starting the assessment.


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