JST549 White-Collar Psychopaths (2)

This subject explores the challenges posed by corporate psychopaths in some of the worlds greatest financial collapses. From Tiberiuss financial crisis of 33 AD to the collapse of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC white-collar psychopaths have inflicted significant social and financial harm on society through financial mismanagement and outright criminality. This subject approaches these challenges as a wicked problem, acknowledging the difficulty in defining the nature of the problem itself, its innumerable causes and the absence of one correct answer.  Drawing on the latest research and industry best practice, students will use problem-solving skills to navigate this socially complex area in new and innovative ways as they formulate recommendations, triggering deep reflections on both content and process.


Micro Session 4 (52)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST549. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Identify the psychopathic characteristics commonly associated with elite white-collar criminals;
  • Critique the representation of white-collar psychopaths across different mediums; and
  • Critically reflect on and make recommendations to reduce the harms linked to elite white-collar criminals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Differentiating psychopaths from the well-intentioned corporate elite
  • The social and financial impact of corporate psychopathy
  • Conflicting narratives in the portrayal of corporate psychopathy via the normalisation of crime

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.