Summer 2018 - CRIM 436 D100

Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics (3)

Class Number: 6801

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10031, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101. Recommended: CRIM 336.



A detailed examination and analysis of particular types of corporate wrongdoing and the nature and impact of the relevant legal and administrative framework. The topics will be selected by the particular course instructor and will, therefore, vary according to the instructor's interests as well as topicality. The areas of corporate crime which are chosen may include one or more of the following: 'economic crimes' such as violations of statutes which regulate competition, protect intellectual property, and safeguard stock market investors; crimes against the environment such as air and water pollution; and, crimes against consumers including the marketing of hazardous products, contaminated food, or dangerous drugs and devices.


This course will begin with a more general overview of corporate crime (including crimes committed by corporations and crimes committed using the corporation as a vehicle) and the criminal liability of officers, directors, and employees of corporations for such crimes.  It will examine the various means of regulating and punishing corporate crime through criminal, civil, and administrative law.  The course will focus on various forms of corporate financial crimes prosecuted and regulated through the Competition Act, Securities Act and the Criminal Code.  It will also examine the use of the corporation by small businesses to avoid criminal and civil liability.

Note: Required Assignments start in week 2. If you are not available for these assignments, you should consider not taking this course at this time.


  • 600 Word Commentaries on Required Readings 30%
  • Seminar Participation 25%
  • Research Paper 35%
  • Posting questions and Presentation of Research Paper 10%



1.   Laureen Snider, About Canada: Corporate Crime (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2015); available from the bookstore.

2.   Online Readings

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.