JST542 Criminology of Financial Crime (8)

This foundation subject examines criminological explanations for fraud and financial crime and is instrumental in grounding students in the study of this discipline. It explores research paradigms that have shaped the understanding of how and why financial crimes occur in different organisational and jurisdictional settings. The subject highlights and critiques connections between theoretical explanations for financial crimes and how those crimes are controlled to identify why some fraud prevention strategies are more successful than others. It also examines the role of the media and societal perceptions in shaping financial crime policy.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Session 3 (90)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST542. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Subject Relationships

JST498 JST542 is derived from JST498

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and distinguish between key criminological theories and research paradigms;
  • be able to synthesise and critique financial crime literature to identify strengths and weakness in criminological explanations for financial crime;
  • be able to investigate the suitability of theoretically informed controls to prevent financial crimes;
  • be able to analyse how the underpinning theory informing white-collar crime shapes societal perceptions; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication, literacy, numeracy, research and digital skills required of a competent professional financial crime practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Financial crime and criminology
  • The financial crime offender
  • Crime prevention
  • Class, gender, media and politics and race
  • Criminological research paradigms
  • Research planning and design
  • Organisational and jurisdictional settings.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.