• 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 PGRD
  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe complex concepts, definitions and measures of corruption
  2. Illustrate corrupt behaviour with specific examples
  3. Analyse types of corruption in different settings
  4. Develop advanced strategies to prevent corruption
  5. Evaluate interventions to control corruption
  6. Compare the effect of different social settings on how corruption is perceived and acted upon.

Indicative Assessment

Short paper based on class reading: 1000 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Analysis of set readings:1000 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4
Essay: 4000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5 and 6.

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This course is taught intensively in February of each year.

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2063, POGO8076 or SOCY6063.

Prescribed Texts

Texts to be provided on course Wattle site

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have a basic grasp of public policy studies, criminology, sociology or socio-legal studies. Despite the transdisciplinary nature of the subject matter, the themes covered in this course are from a distinctly public policy and sociological perspective.



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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
1712 23 Jan 2016 05 Feb 2016 05 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person N/A

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