Understanding Corruption, Law and Governance (707M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In this module you explore the different theoretical and analytical approaches that are necessary for the study of Corruption, Law and Governance at LLM level.

You begin by analysing exactly what we understand 'corrupt' behaviour to be and how this appears to differ (often quite starkly) across national boundaries and over time.

You address questions such as:

  • do humans appear to be naturally corrupt? If so, does this matter?
  • is corrupt behaviour absolute and universal or does it depend on location and context? Indeed, can corruption sometimes even be a good thing?
  • how can corruption be measured and analysed?

As part of the module, you review contemporary international scholarship on the causes of corruption and its relationship with law and governance. And you explore the legal, social, economic, and political consequences of this kind of offending.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 260 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.