• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Ethics, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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With the World Bank estimating that globally about $1 trillion per year is paid in bribes, and that this illegality leads to poor economic performance and human rights violations, this course examines the phenomenon of corruption, identifies the contexts within which it flourishes, explores means of measuring it, & analyses the opportunity structure for corruption.  The course also focuses on corruption control, and co-operative arrangements which aim to prevent and contain corruption.

Please note that the duration of this course will be two weeks of intensive delivery during the Summer Session.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Describe different concepts, definitions and measures of corruption
  2. Illustrate corrupt behaviour with specific examples
  3. Analyse types of corruption in different settings
  4. Develop strategies to prevent corruption
  5. Evaluate interventions to control corruption.

Other Information

How to enrol into a course offered in a non-standard session (Summer Session, Autumn Session, Winter Session, Spring Session):

  1. Complete an Enrolment Variation Form available on the following website: http://students.anu.edu.au/manage/vary.php.   
  2. You must include the Course Code, Class number and Semester/Session.
  3. If the course requires Convenor approval (Departmental consent), the Lecturer section must be signed by the appropriate Course Convenor prior to submitting the Form.
  4. Submit the Form in person to the CASS Student Office located in the Beryl Rawson Building 13, Ellery Crescent or online to students.cass@anu.edu.au.
  5. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing, and submit your request as early as possible prior to the commencement of the relevant session.
  6. You are advised to check ISIS for the outcome of your request after this period.
  7. Please take note of the Overload Policy which may apply if you are enrolling in a non-standard session.

If you have questions, please contacts the CASS Student Office at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

    1. Short paper based on class reading: 1000 words: 25%, Assess learning outcomes 1, 3
    2. Analysis of set readings:1000 words: 25%, Assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4
    3. Essay: 3000 words: 50%, Assess learning outcomes 1, 3, 5.

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    This course is taught intensively in February of each year.

    130 hours of total student learning time made up of:
    • 38 hours face-to-face teaching time in intensive mode (6 days over two weeks) and
    • 92 hours of independent study and assessment preparation over the intensive period and following two weeks.
    Contact dates for 2016:

    9am - 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1st - 12th February

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY6063.

    Prescribed Texts

    Susan Rose-Ackerman, 1999, Corruption and Government:  Causes, Consequences and Reform,  Cambridge University Press

    Adam Graycar  & R.G. Smith (eds)  2011 Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption  Edward  Elgar, UK

    Arnold Heidenheimer & Michael Johnston (eds), 2002, Political Corruption: Concepts and Contexts,  Transaction Publishers

    Robert Klitgaard, 1988, Controlling Corruption, University of California Press

    Charles Sampford et al 2006, Measuring Corruption, Ashgate Publishing

    Frank Anechiarico & James Jacobs, 1996, The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity University of Chicago Press.

    In addition students will be referred to current journal articles, and material from the following websites:

    1. World Bank Institute - Anti-Corruption Program: http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/governance 
    2. Transparency International: http://www.transparency.org/
    3. Global Corruption Report: http://www.transparency.org/publications/gcr
    4. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: www.unodc.org
    5. United Nations Convention against Corruption: www.unodc.org/pdf/corruption/publications_unodc_convention-e.pdf
    6. Council of Europe GRECO (Group of States against Corruption): http://www.coe.int/t/dg1/greco/default_EN.asp 
    7. Internet Center for Corruption Research: www.icgg.org
    8. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center: www.U4.no
    9. TIRI: http://www.tiri.org
    10. USAID Anti-Corruption Resources: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/democracy_and_governance/technical_areas/anti-corruption/

    See also websites of various national aid agencies, most of which list anti-corruption resources

    1. UNDP: http://www.UNDP.org
    2. OECD Fighting Corruption: www.oecd.org/corruption
    3. Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organised Crime and Corrupiton: www.yorku.ca/nathanson/default.htm
    4. The Asia Foundation: http://www.asiafoundation.org/
    5. The Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia: http://www.nobribes.info/en/reference_Centre/
    6. Corruption Prevention Network: http://www.corruptionprevention.net



    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $2718
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $3876
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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    Summer Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    1565 23 Jan 2016 05 Feb 2016 05 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person N/A

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