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OTMU1073 Corporate Crime, Law and Power 12 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Master of Laws
Person in charge
Dr. Steve Tombs, Prof Dave Whyte and Prof. Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi
Minimum preceding studies
85 ECTS.
Preceding studies
ON/OTM students must have studied at least 85 credits consisting of the basic studies and foundations of laws courses.

General description

This module explores the phenomenon of corporate crime in historical and contemporary contexts. It does so by exploring the ways in which the law acts as a key source of the power to commit corporate crimes that victimise workers, consumers, communities and the eco-system. This course will explore the development of the corporation as a key institution in capitalist societies and the ways in which the law supports the corporation and can provide a structure of impunity for corporate crimes.

Learning outcomes

The ability to identify key sources of data about corporate crime, drawn from a range of disciplines and be able to use these materials for research purposes.
An understanding of the problems of definition, recognition and measurement of corporate crime and how those might be overcome
An understanding of the complex relationships between the law, corporations and power in both historical and contemporary contexts
An understanding of the role of both national and transnational forms of regulation and law enforcement in the production and control of corporate crimes.
An ability to analyse corporate crime through the lense of a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, produce knowledge and argument her/his interpretations.


The identification of the main literature and sources relevant to corporate crime
The identification of key historical and contemporary debates in corporate crime research
The exploration of a range of theoretical explanations for the social production of corporate crime
The development of an understanding of the social representation of corporate crime
The analysis of the problems associated with, and prospects for controlling, corporate crime

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Group work
Independent work

The module will be taught by ca. 20 hours lectures, group work assignments and 15 hours research seminars. Active participation will affect grades.
The course emphasizes student's responsibility for her/his own learning. Accordingly, the teacher is a facilitator of class room discussions and paper writing.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English

The course is based on intensive participation throughout the course.


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

Whyte, D (2009) Crimes of the powerful

Slapper, G. and Tombs, S.(1999) Corporate Crime

Michalowski, R. and Kramer, R (2006) State-Corporate Crime

A week-by-week reading guide together with a comprehensive list of indicative readings, which are neither exhaustive nor exclusive, will be provided later.

Further information

TIME: I period
Restricted entry, limited to 20 students.

It is not possible to write bachelor`s thesis (ON-seminaarityö) in this course.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School