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Introduction to Economic Offences and White Collar Crimes


Crimes are as dynamic as the society. The offences which have existed since time immemorial have extensively developed all over the Globe in recent times. The conduct of the offenders and the motivation behind the offences has changed a lot too. The current course intends to educate the learner in the field of economic offences. The form and matter of economic offences has changed drastically and has affected the society at large. The various aspects of economic offences have been identified here and their implications are thoroughly analyzed. Economic Offences and White Collared Crimes are persistently growing, and it is seen that continuously new offences are being added to the corpus of these crimes. The gravity of these offences is such that they can significantly alter the financial health of the mightiest nations. Considering the various factors alongside the need for dynamism in the legal field, the course traverses through the various concepts that factor into the commission of economic offences. Due to their unique characteristics and lacuna in the legal system, it is difficult at times for the Law Enforcement Agencies to curb these crimes. This course outlines various Economic Offences prevailing in India and their implications across different settings – both at the domestic and international level.

The course further targets at bringing about general awareness about the manner of conduct and the form of economic offences and the stark dissimilarities they pose when analyzed alongside the conventional offences. Special attention is given at analyzing the economic crimes as discussed under the Penal Code to showcase their perpetual existence in some form or the other. The course also details out the serious initiatives taken by the various enforcing agencies across the globe to curb the menace of these economic offences.



On completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning and nature of crimes.
  • Analyze economic offences vis-à-vis traditional crimes.
  • Trace the steps involved in the commission of these offences to detect any future issues.
  • Learn the procedure of filing a case on various economic offences.
  • Critically evaluate India's position in context of international economic offences.
  • Appreciate and critique the role of Legislature, Executive and Judiciary in curbing economic offences.


  • Module 1 – Economic Offences – An Overview
  • Module 2 – Traditional Crimes v. White Collared Offences
  • Module 3 – Economic Offences Under The Indian Penal Code
  • Module 4 – Conclusion
  • Module 5 – Appendix
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Bankers;
  • Banking Lawyers;
  • Enforcing agencies;
  • Managers across sectors;
  • Officers involved in conducting investigations;
  • Officers from disciplinary cells and vigilance departments;
  • Lawyers;
  • Students/Law students; or
  • Anyone, who is interested in this field.

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Progress will be tested by way of quizzes and assignments at the end of each Module. Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain course certificate.

About the Author

Poli Kataki did her LLB from the Delhi University and Masters in Business law from NLSIU, Bangalore. She is Advocate on Record. Poli has wide ranging experience in the matters related to commercial laws, company law.

She has attended various Summits such as, North-East investment Summit held in Bangkok in the month of October 2007 and the Conference for the Development of Business and Trade relations between the North-East and Australia held in Sydney in the month of April, 2008 , organised by of the Ministry for the Development of the North Eastern Region (DONEAR), India and Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Thailand in the capacity of legal Adviser of Assam Real Estate and Infrastructure Developers Association (AREIDA) the apex body of professional builders of Assam.

The Instructional Design of the Course has been done by Team LawSkills.

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