Corruption and Public Power (720M3B)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module you’ll study some of the causes of corruption and how it can affect the three main branches of power: the parliament, the executive and the judiciary.

Specifically, you’ll examine:

  • the role of parliaments in tackling corruption
  • the main corruption-related issues in the executive. These include political influences, public procurement, the funding of political parties and the influence of politics on the media
  • corruption in public administration bodies at the local and central level, including corruption in the police, healthcare and education
  • corruption in the judiciary and prosecutorial bodies, including the importance of independence and accountability.

You'll use case studies to understand the causes of corruption and the effect it can have on the public good.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Media production)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.