GV313-6-SP-CO:
Corruption

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
07 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module examines political and bureaucratic corruption, a global problem that is present in dictatorships as well as democracies, in developing and more developed societies alike. In particular, we'll focus on the impact of corruption on democratic regimes. At the extreme, corruption hampers economic development, reinforces social inequality, and undermine democratic development generally. We start by defining corruption and discuss alternative tools to evaluate the extent of corruption within a given polity. We'll then examine the causes and consequence of corruption (both political and bureaucratic). Last, but not least, we'll evaluate existing strategies to contain and control this problem.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to the topic of political and bureaucratic corruption, a global problem that is present in dictatorships as well as democracies, in developing and more developed societies alike.

Module learning outcomes

The module is meant to encourage students to think on their own, while ensuring that their thoughts are coherent and logically sound. At the end of the module, students should be able to articulate cogent answers to questions such as: Can corruption lead to positive economic outcomes? How does corruption affect the wellbeing of citizens and their satisfaction with democracy?

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 hr lecture and 1 hr class

Bibliography

  • Lambsdorff, Johann. (2008) The institutional economics of corruption and reform: theory, evidence, and policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Svolik, Milan W. (2012) The politics of authoritarian rule, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge studies in comparative politics
  • Johnston, Michael. (2005) Syndromes of corruption: wealth, power, and democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gandhi, Jennifer. (2008) Political institutions under dictatorship, New York: Cambridge University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 24/02/2020 50%
Written Exam Test 50%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marius Radean
Dr Marius Radean mradean@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Sallyann West, govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Arzu Kibris
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 50 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
50 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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