• Class Number 4677
  • Term Code 3350
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • AsPr Grant Walton
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2023
  • Class End Date 22/10/2023
  • Census Date 22/09/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 14/09/2023
SELT Survey Results

The course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the theory and practice of corruption and anti-corruption. It shows how different understandings of corruption suggest different remedies. Students will consider definitions, explanations and measures of corruption, and its links to development, politics and culture. The course will also consider ways of evaluating anti-corruption measures, including cleanup campaigns, anti-corruption commissions and NGOs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of theories about the causes of corruption
  2. Apply those theories to anti-corruption practice
  3. Identify the theories implicit in anti-corruption practice
  4. Evaluate various forms of anti corruption activity

Research-Led Teaching

Over the past 15 years, Associate Professor Grant Walton has researched corruption and anti-corruption reform across the Asia-Pacific region. During the course, he will draw on his expertise and give students unique insights into the drivers and outcomes of corruption and anti-corruption reforms.

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.

Other Information


The Crawford School of Public Policy has its own Academic Skills team dedicated to helping students to understand the academic expectations of studying at Crawford and succeed in their chosen program of study. Through individual appointments, course-embedded workshops and online resources, Crawford Academic Skills provides tailored advice to students keen to develop their academic reading, thinking, planning, writing, and presentation skills.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductory discussion group discussion (Tuesday, 25 July 12:30 – 2:00pm, hybrid - online and in-person) This introductory session provides students with an opportunity to discuss questions about the introductory lecture. Students need to have downloaded and watched the introductory lectures and have read the guidelines for how to complete assignments before attending this session.
2 Day 1: Issues in corruption studies and cases studies: 04/09 1pm – 4:30pm {note: all students to be online for day 1} Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 1 lectures (watch these first). We will reflect on the first assignment's case study findings. Students will compare cases.
3 Day 2: Understanding corruption: 06/09 1pm – 3:15pm (hybrid) Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 2 lectures (watch these first). We will reflect on different definitions of corruption and the issues that shape them.
4 Day 3: Researching and evaluating corruption and anti-corruption reform: 08/09 1pm – 3:15pm (hybrid) Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 3 lectures (watch these first). We will reflect on the various methods for measuring corruption and determining the success of anti-corruption efforts.
5 Day 4: Introduction to anti-corruption: 11/09 1pm – 4:30pm (hybrid) Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 4 lectures (watch these first). We will reflect on different approaches to addressing corruption, and the role of civil society and specialised anti-corruption agencies. We will also hear from those working on the front line in the fight against corruption.
6 Day 5: Anti-corruption policies: 13/9 1pm – 3:15pm (hybrid) Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 5 lectures (watch these first).  We will reflect on the role of 'political will' in fighting corruption, examine insights from psychology, and look at Australia's anti-corruption efforts.
7 Day 6: Transnational corruption: 15/9; 1pm – 3:15pm (hybrid) Students will discuss issues from the pre-recorded day 5 lectures (watch these first).  We will reflect on transnational corruption and efforts to address it.

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 Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS 30 % 18/08/2023 01/09/2023 1,2,3,4
MAJOR ESSAY 60 % 27/10/2023 01/12/2023 1,2,3,4

* 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.


Students' participation will be evaluated by their engagement with select tasks within discussion groups.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 18/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Case Study Analysis to be completed before the intensive teaching starts. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to a case, and the readings, and encourage you to find links between them. The assignment provides an introduction and background to the lectures and small group discussions that will take place intensively in September.  You will not be able to participate in these without doing the assignment.  

The assignment is in two parts, A and B. The first focuses on a case, chosen from 4 possibilities. The second focuses on an article or chapter in the reading brick or online textbooks. There are more details about what you should do, an article on 'critical thinking', and some initial case material, in Wattle. Length: 1,800 words.

Assessment Criteria

-  demonstrated understanding of the ideas in the selected reading

-  demonstrated ability to carry out online research on the case

-  demonstrated understanding of the details and issues of the case

-  demonstrated ability to relate a reading (chapter or article) to the case

-  other evidence of critical thinking (as defined in the handout in Wattle)

-  clear expression, grammar and proper and consistent academic referencing.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 27/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 01/12/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Major essay on a topic related to issues considered in the intensive teaching period, discussed and agreed with the convenor. We will discuss possible topics and formats at the start of the intensive teaching, and you should be ready to discuss your own ideas (even if it's only a few thoughts) with the lecturer by then. 

Length: 3000 words

Assessment Criteria includes:

- understanding of issues considered in the course

- evidence of critical thinking and analysis

- understanding of the chosen topic, including counter-arguments

- clear expression, grammar and proper and consistent referencing

Further details about the assessment criteria, including a marking rubric, will be available on the subject's Wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Students will be assessed on their engagement with the class, which includes participation in online and/or face-to-face discussion forums.

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 permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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).

AsPr Grant Walton
+61 2 6125 0134

Research Interests

Corruption, Anti-Corruption Policy, Governance, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Politics, Place and Space

AsPr Grant Walton

By Appointment

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