At the Movies: Fraud and White-Collar Crime

What harm resulted and who were the victims?

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

, 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. Your paper should be 3 to 5 pages, 12-point font, 1.5 spacing, and use headers, etc. for organization.
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
Other observations or responses
Your paper will be graded based upon your summary of the applicable components and concepts of the film, the application of course content, and your ability to communicate them in a clear and concise manner.

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