ACCT 505 SDSU Accounting Fraud and White Collar Crime Paper

Popular culture and media is often an effective way to study certain phenomena and fraud and white-collar crime is no different.  There are many good examples in which white-collar crime is presented in the film, some of them dramatizations of actual events and others that are purely fictional.  In either case, many of these films can be an effective way to consider concepts such as moral ambiguity, immoral and illegal conduct, victimization, enforcement, policy, and jurisprudence

For the purpose of this class, each student will select a film from a list provided


, watch the film (you can rent it or stream it as a group), and write a research paper exploring the film and the portrayal of fraud and/or white-collar crime. 

As appropriate, your paper should address:

  • Synopsis of the film; describe and analyze the fraud/crime committed in the movie
  • Overall white collar-theme of the film
  • Description of the protagonist(s) and the dilemma he/she/they faced
  • Personality, conduct, and motivations of the perpetrator(s)
  • Components of the Fraud Triangle that may be present.
  • Application of other fraud theories, as appropriate
  • What harm resulted and who were the victims?
  • The specific offense at issue, including applicable laws
  • How was the offense prosecuted, defended, or adjudicated or how might it have been?

Also consider:

  • Victimization and victim psychology
  • Moral ambiguity and societal response
  • Immoral and/or illegal conduct
  • Enforcement/Punishment
  • Other observations or responses

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