CRIM 490: Special Topics

CRIM 490-DL3: Corruption in Government
(Spring 2024)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T


Section Information for Spring 2024

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts of corruption in government including the laws used to combat corrupt officials and those who corrupt them. This course reviews well-known corruption investigations and prosecutions and the key laws used to prosecute corrupt officials.  

Students will gain an understanding of fact patterns pointing to a corrupt governmental system and the actors in the corrupt system. It is taught from the perspective of the professor who spent almost 27 years working for the United States Government with over 22 years as an FBI Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent investigating major public corruption cases across the United States and four years as an Enforcement Attorney at the United States Federal Election Commission.  By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to list key statutes used to combat corruption, recognize high profile corruption cases, and recognize patterns of corruption. This course focuses on possible methods law enforcement could use to combat corruption in government organized around federal public corruption, state and local corruption, police corruption, and foreign business corruption combatted by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This course will also discuss important issues facing the United States today for example police brutality and civil rights investigations.

Required Textbook:
Investigating and Prosecuting Corruption An Anthology

1st Edition – Cognella, Inc.

By Richard M. Denholm II

ISBN 978-1793539656

Publication Date July 21, 2023

CRIM 490 DL3 is an online live video section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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