Summer 2019 - CRIM 436 D100

Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics (3)

Class Number: 5291

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.

Please Note:  The Instructor does not expect that students will have taken CRIM 336.

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.


  • 500 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:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning, (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. Ø  -Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the assignment drop box in front of the General Office of the School of Criminology (SWH 10125).  The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly.  No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security).  For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5.  The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly.  The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors).  The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
-A student must complete ALL grading components of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses, etc.).  Otherwise, a grade of N (incomplete) will be assigned for the entire course. 
-E-mail policy:  The School of Criminology discourages the use of e-mail as a substitute for office hour visits.  The School advises its instructional staff that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during their office hours.
-The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals.  Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website.  Information about grade appeals may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology. UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

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.