Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module focuses on corruption and innovation, looking at two fundamental issues: a) what shapes and forms can corruption take in contemporary society marked by technological advancements; and b) what types of policies are in place to tackle such challenges and what is missing.

By the end of the module you will be familiar with the current debates that surround areas of innovation (e.g. IT industry, robotics) and new technologies (artificial intelligence) as well as the major challenges in dealing with corruption in such contexts. The formative assessment requires you to analyse an existing anti-corruption policy in a cutting edge sector/company/area. The summative assessment builds on the formative one, but asks you not only evaluate, but also creatively suggest new, more grounded policies in the chosen field.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 270 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.