Law and Society: Corporate and White Collar Crime and Malfeasance

3 credits


Peace Studies
College of Arts and Science

(cross-leveled with PEA_ST 7288). Instances of corporate crime and ethical misconduct analyzed through major theories of the sociology of law including critical legal studies, Legal Realism, sociological jurisprudence, collective representation theory, state- corporate crime, rationalization of legal institutions/ critical theory, and post-structuralism. Cases to be analyzed might include mortgage lending fraud and malpractice, insider trading, pyramid schemes, the Erie Railroad scandals, and Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, and other instances in the hi tech collapse of 2001. Other topics: Corporate crime in the media and in novels and popular culture, appropriate sentencing, global corporate crime. Prerequisites: at least junior standing. Recommended: senior standing, 3.0 or above GPA, interest in graduate school.