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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5637M Financial Crime

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Financial crime has become an increasing concern to both national and international bodies over the past 30 years. Economically motivated crime permeates and is a threat to the development and stability of an economy. In recent years there has been a significant change in focus to tackle criminal behaviour by denying criminals access to funding. The broad aim of the module is to undertake a critical analysis of contemporary issues in financial crime and its impact on our society. We will look at individual elements of financial crime under the broad headings of Fraud, Money Laundering, Counter Terrorist Financing, Bribery, Insider Dealing and Market Abuse, Tax Evasion and Ethics. Additional information on the module will be available to view on the Virtual Learning Environment.


Objectives of the module are to provide students with a critical understanding of the area of financial crime. Through active learning approaches students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the relevant areas. Didactic lectures will be supported by active seminar and group work.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. show a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry may be used to create and interpret knowledge in the area of financial crime.
2. have a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and contemporary issues and/or insights into the changing nature of UK and international organisations operating within a multi-national framework.
3. demonstrate conceptual understanding and evidence critical evaluation, current research and advanced scholarship in the area of financial crime.
4. demonstrate the capacity to work independently and to professional standards and display high order skills in legal research and legal writing.
5. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the relevant contemporary legal issues.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Develop advanced communication skills, essential for effective interaction and the dissemination of complex concepts.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.50
Total Contact hours15.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/04/2024


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