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Guidelines to develop a stand-alone course


This Module provides an outline for a three-hour class, but there is potential to develop its topics further into a stand-alone course. The scope and structure of such a course will be determined by the specific needs of each context, but a possible structure is presented here as a suggestion



Brief Description



Explain course contents and requirements, conduct Exercise 1, and debrief


What is corruption?

Examine the crimes listed in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and general definitions


The intuitive effects of corruption

Conduct Exercise 2 and discuss what are listed as the "obvious or intuitive effects of corruption" in this Module


The surprising effects of corruption

Discuss the less obvious effects of corruption listed in this Module


Understandings of corruption (1): History, morality, and culture

Discuss the historical, moral, and cultural approaches to corruption


Understandings of corruption (2): Politics, economics, and law

Discuss the political, economic, and legal approaches to corruption


Measuring corruption

After exploring an example of a corruption ranking, raise the question, "What explains the differing levels of corruption seen across the world?"


Explaining corruption

Examine competing explanatory theories, including those focused on: history and culture, economic systems, and political and legal systems (the descriptive theories in sessions 5 and 6 also have explanatory components, which are examined here). Why are some countries often seen as being relatively corruption-free, while others are generally in the middle or lower end of corruption rankings?


Responding to corruption: theory and civil society

The lecturer examines the prescriptive implications of the various theories explored in sessions 5-8 in addition to anti-corruption initiatives sponsored by NGOs


National responses to corruption: legal reforms

In addition to changes to substantive laws and institutions, the lecturer might wish to elaborate on how social movements have put pressure on governments to take such actions


Regional and global responses to corruption

This final part of the course would focus on a sample of regional initiatives and UNCAC



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