International Anti-Corruption Actors (861M9)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

One of the core critiques of global anti-corruption efforts has been that they have not achieved nearly as much as expected – particularly given the significant level of global resources and support the movement has been given over the last three decades.

In this module, we’ll look at the anti-corruption programmes led by a range of international and regional anti-corruption actors to critically examine and evaluate how effective the various approaches to tackling corruption have been and, where necessary, why these efforts have failed to deliver substantial results.

The cast of characters on the international anti-corruption scene are many and varied. We will explore its full range from intergovernmental institutions to grass-roots organisations and civil society coalitions. We will become familiar with the theoretical and ideological foundations of these groups and the practical implications these have on how they carry out their work.

You’ll learn about:

  • the identity of the range of global anti-corruption actors and what their primary aims and activities consist of
  • the constraints on and challenges encountered by anti-corruption actors to engender broad positive change at a global level
  • examples and case studies of successful collective action and anti-corruption initiatives among global and regional actors.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.