Saint Louis University Offers a New Graduate Business Experiential Course in Corporate Fraud

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MBA students meet with white-collar criminals, victims, probation officers and host panel discussions with experts during fall course

Our students will better understand why ethics in business and compliance is crucial, and what happens when there are breakdowns in the system.

The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is offering a new experiential course, Reclaiming the Human Spirit: Prison Experience & Learning from White Collar Offenders, where MBA students will study corporate fraud issues while increasing their ethical awareness.

Through hands-on experiences such as meeting white-collar offenders and their victims, attending U.S. Court proceedings, visits to a prison and halfway house, and interacting with probation office staff, the students will have the opportunity to understand corporate fraud from a variety of perspectives.

The goals of the course, led by Nitish Singh, Ph.D., director of program innovations and associate professor of international business at the Cook School, are to sensitize MBA students to the consequences of ethical wrong doing and breaking the law, the impact of white collar crime on society, the importance of ethics and morality, and the Idea of reclaiming the human spirit and empathy toward others. MBA students will also develop materials to help offenders learn important business and life skills.

“Our students will better understand why ethics in business and compliance is crucial, and what happens when there are breakdowns in the system,” said Tom Bussen, the course facilitator. “The course is hands-on and brings the effects of corporate fraud to life,” said Bussen.

The course is offered in partnership with the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Missouri) and the Saint Louis University Prison Program Director, Kenneth Parker, Ph.D. The Saint Louis University Prison Program is a Jesuit inspired initiative that provides education to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri, promotes service, and conducts research on education and incarceration.

Saint Louis University graduate business programs offer students a top-ranked Jesuit education through an accelerated One-Year MBA or flexible Evening MBA programs. Students have the opportunity to learn from both their highly-regarded faculty and their peers in an academic setting rooted in business excellence.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nitish Singh: singhn2(at)slu(dot)edu or 314-977-7604.

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

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