• Class Number 1529
  • Term Code 3320
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Giverney Ainscough
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 01/01/2023
  • Class End Date 03/02/2023
  • Census Date 06/01/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 06/01/2023
SELT Survey Results

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:

  1. describe complex concepts, definitions and measures of corruption;
  2. illustrate corrupt behaviour with specific examples;
  3. analyse how types of corruption are perceived and acted upon in different social settings;
  4. develop advanced strategies to prevent corruption; and
  5. critically evaluate interventions to control corruption.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Day 1 - Monday 9 January 2023 1. Introduction Program overview, expectations, introduction to staff 2. Theme Corruption in practice Examples of corruption in different sectors – e.g. Water, rail, education 3. Theory Definitions and types Scope of corruption Corruption’s impact Types of corruption Activities corrupted Sector Place 4. Media & Discussion Documentary - Living with Corruption 5 & 6 - Workshop and Tutorial Read the Class Summary before the course commences – listen to or read (Barder 2009) at http://developmentdrums.org/284
2 Day 2: Wednesday 11 January 2023 7. Theme Corruption in Education Using Education as an example of a sector, this session will examine corruption in teaching, learning and administration 8. Theory Definitions and types Gifts & bribes Scope of corruption Corruption’s impact Types of corruption Activities corrupted Sector Place 9. Practice Corrupting public policy Foreign Bribery 10. Media & Discussion Documentary Frontline: Black Money 11-12 - Workshop and Tutorial Reading Analysis 1 due 9am - no late submissions
3 Day 3 Friday 13 January 2023 13. Theme Corruption in government Measuring Corruption 14. Theory Corrupting public policy Corruption in making public policy Corruption in implementing public policy 15. Theory in practice Analysing corruption Syndromes of Corruption 16. Media and Discussion Movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 17 & 18 - Workshop and Tutorial Reading Analysis 2 due 9am - no late submissions
4 Day 4 Monday 16 January 2023 19. Theory – Global Architecture and Risk Anti-Corruption Agencies global architecture of corruption prevention UNCAC, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, TI, U4 20. Theme Identifying corruption opportunities and Controls Local government corruption and planning issues Regional / State government National Governments 21. Practice Whistleblowers 22. Media and Discussion Documentary Four Corners – TBA 23 & 24 - Workshop and Tutorial Reading Analysis 3 due 9am - no late submissions Short paper due 4pm - no late submissions
5 Day 5 Wednesday 18 January 2023 25. Theme - Guest Lecture – TBA 26. Theme - Building Integrity Local Government Opportunities & controls Integrity issues/ building integrity 27. Practice Union Corruption 28. Media and discussion Documentary: The Laundromat (Netflix) 29 & 30 - Workshop and Tutorial Reading Analysis 4 due 9am - no late submissions
6 Day 6 Friday 20 January 2023 31. Theme - Controlling corruption Toolkits 32. Theory Models to detect corruption Red Flags Police culture and corruption 33. Practice Integrity Systems The Big Picture Integrity systems Anti-Corruption Social Movements Results in fighting corruption 34 & 35 - Workshop and Tutorial 36. Summary and Overview Summation of course Reading Analysis 5 due 9am - no late submissions Essay due 4pm 3 February 2023 - no late submissions

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Short Paper 25 % 16/01/2023 1,3
Reading Analysis 25 % * 1,2,4
Final Essay 50 % 03/02/2023 1,3,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 16/01/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Short Paper

Assessment Task 1: Short Paper

Details of task: All students must prepare a short assignment—1000 words—on the following:

 Take an example of corruption from the documentary Black Money, shown in class on day 2, and analyse the example in terms of the TASP framework. (Type, Activity, Sector, Place).

 The documentary can be watched / reviewed on-line at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/blackmoney/view/. This site contains additional information about the material covered in the documentary.

 More information on this is at The Guardian website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/bae. This site includes additional investigative journalism on the activities of the BAE corporation and other British firms. TASP is described in:

 Graycar, Adam, & Sidebottom, Aiden. (2012). Corruption and Control: A Corruption Reduction Approach. Journal of Financial Crime, 19(4), 384-399. doi: 10.1108/13590791211266377

 Graycar, Adam. (2015). Corruption: Classification and analysis. Policy and Society, 34(2), 87-96. doi: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.04.001

 Due date: 4pm, Monday 16 January 2023. – NO LATE SUBMISSION

See Wattle for the Rubric

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Reading Analysis

Assessment Task 2: Reading Analyses

Details of task: All students will be expected to complete the set readings before each day. As part of the assessment, a short analysis (approximately one page, no more than two) of one of the readings is required each day (except Monday 9 January 2023).

In each paper you are required to note the key features of the reading and the challenges it poses.

All readings are available either through the library or the internet.


Due Date: Each paper will be due at 9am, on days 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6.

For each reading analysis, write no more than 2 pages in which you note the key features of the reading below and the challenges it poses:

Wattle Submissions will close at 09:00 each day – no late submissions will be accepted.

Word limit:                                                  200-300 words each

Value:                                                           25% (5% each)

Presentation requirements:                     Submit reading analyses on Wattle

Estimated return date:                              Next teaching day  

Hurdle requirements:                                     N/A

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks:      N/A

See Wattle for the Rubric

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 03/02/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5,6

Final Essay

Assessment Task 3: Final Essay

Details of task: All students must prepare a 4000 word essay to answer one of three set questions. 

Questions to be posted on Wattle

Due Date: 4pm, Friday, 3 February 2023.

Word limit: 4000 words

Value: 50%

Presentation requirements:  Submit the essay on Wattle using APA 7th for referencing and layout (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEqRqSsNDjc ; https://www.anu.edu.au/students/academic-skills/academic-integrity/referencing/apa or http://guides.lib.monash.edu/citing-referencing/apa)

Estimated return date:                                    16 March 2023

See Wattle for the Rubric

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Giverney Ainscough

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Giverney Ainscough

Dr Adam Masters

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