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 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: