ELE 3724 Leadership and Financial Crime
This course presents an introduction to theories of financial crime, stages of financial crime, and criminal entrepreneurship. Response, regulation and prevention of financial crime are described in terms of intelligence strategy, intelligence information sources and information systems. By combining insights into the broad variety of financial crime types and behaviours and alternative corporate approaches, this course provides a unique insight into the growing local and global phenomena of financial crime.
The course provides students with substantial insights into interrelationships between how financial crime occurs and how financial crime can be investigated and prevented. Based on theories of financial and organized crime combined with Norwegian as well as international examples, students develop a reflected understanding of overall crime situations, that enable them to discover and prevent such crime. Students accumulate knowledge about internal investigations and investigation management. This is a white-collar crime course that teaches students how to reveal criminals and their crime as well as to assess the seriousness and consequences of financial crime. White-collar crime is serious crime that may have victims such as the society at large, key institutions such as banks, other business organizations as well as public administration, and individual persons in society.
White-collar crime is financial crime committed by privileged individuals based on their professional status. The course will discuss how white-collar crime is detected, and how suspicions of white-collar crime can be investigated by fraud examiners and financial crime specialists.
After completing this course, students should have acquired the following personal knowledge at a basic level:
- Knowledge about financial crime: markets, players and mechanisms
- Knowledge about criminal financial organizations: value configurations, business models, criminal entrepreneurship and management
- Knowledge about theoretical, legal, criminological, economic and psychological aspects of financial crime
- Knowledge about crime investigation: whistle blowing, complaints, interviews, documents and decision-making
- Knowledge about prevention of crime: intelligence information, threat and risk assessments, security measures, ethical standards, regulations and committees
After completing this course, students should have acquired the following personal skills at a basic level:
- Knowledge about how to assess threats and actions against financial crime
- Knowledge about how to detect irregularities and misconduct
- Knowledge about how to carry out investigations
- Knowledge about how to collect information through interviews, information systems and external sources
- Knowledge about how to apply value configuration analysis, competitive forces and evolution models for financial crime
After completing the course, students should have developed the following personal attitudes at a basic level:
- A willingness to focus on early warning and whistle blowing
- An ability to investigate the nature of crime and criminal motives
- A desire to contribute to reduce the magnitude and seriousness of financial crime
- An interest in understanding both offender and victim
- Curiosity in relation to criminal causes and effects
- Reaction to white-collar criminals and their actions as unacceptable behaviour
- Definitions and examples of financial crime
- Convenience theory about white-collar crime
- Convenience studies of white-collar offenders
- Organized crime and criminal organizations
- Detection of white-collar crime
- Corporate social responsibility and crime
- Whistle-blowing of misconduct and crime
- Private investigations and legal statutes
- Contingent approaches to investigations
- Considerations in private investigations
- A closer look at the investigation business
The course is conducted with 45 hours of lectures.
In course delivery as online courses, lecturer will, in collaboration with the student administration, organize an appropriate course implementation, combining different learning activities and digital elements on the learning platform. Online students are also offered a study guide that will contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.
For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester.
Higher Education Entrance Qualification
No specific prerequisites is required.
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|Group/Individual (1 - 3)
|Form of assessment:
|Examination when next scheduled course
Student's own work with learning resources
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.