Singapore University of Social Sciences

Commercial and White-Collar Crime

Commercial and White-Collar Crime (CRM314)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CRM314 Commercial and White-Collar Crime: White-collar and corporate crime has an impact on the whole nation as they destabilise the integrity and reliability of the commercial sector which can lead to spillover effects on all other key sectors of the country. This course equips students with the knowledge needed to embark on a career beyond criminal justice agencies within the government sector. It focuses on the security issues attuned to the needs of the wider commercial sector. In this course, students will examine what led to cases of embezzlement, insider threats, money laundering, industrial crimes/espionage and more. They will also explore what causes criminal behaviour by someone in a corporate setting and how these behaviours can be prevented. Students will also learn how to investigate the tell-tale signs indicative of such commercial crime using organisational data and analytics. This course can prepare students for a career in roles such as fraud investigation, commercial security risk assessment/management, security planning against insider threats, and financial forensics.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Theories of Commercial/Corporate and White-Collar Crime
  • Industrial Espionage
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Financial Crimes
  • Tax Evasion
  • Money Laundering
  • Commercial Crime Laws in Singapore
  • Internal Investigation Approaches
  • Evaluation of Internal Investigations
  • Security planning for Commercial/Corporate and White-Collar Crime
  • Preventive approaches against Commercial/Corporate and White-Collar Crime

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the aetiology behind the various manifestations of commercial and white-collar crime (B2)
  • Examine where vulnerabilities for commercial crime can occur in any business (B4)
  • Compare different preventive approaches against commercial and white-collar crime (B4)
  • Appraise protective mechanisms for countering commercial and white-collar crime (B4)
  • Apply current crime prevention strategies targeting the commercial sector into a business’s security plan (B3)
  • Formulate a comprehensive business security plan (B5)
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