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.

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 30 hours of contact time and about 270 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. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to 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.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: