Corruption and its Avoidance

Module code: POPP 2010

Module description

This module investigates corruption and its role in the world. It looks at: how we understand corruption, and what the implications of different understandings of corruption are; how corruption is measured, and how comparable and valid those measures are; the causes of corruption; the consequences of corruption; and ultimately what can be done to tackle corruption. The module also considers the form that anti-corruption investigations take, and considers whether some anti-corruption interventions may be actively unhelpful for the goal of creating a society with more integrity. This module makes use of a range of examples from around the world to put corruption in context.

The learning outcomes focus on understanding how our conceptualisation and measurement of corruption affect whether we view corruption as a practical concern; understanding the multiple causes of corruption and the context in which they are important; understanding that the consequences of corruption vary depending on context; understanding how corruption may be tackled; understand how to access and use the existing literature on corruption; and development of academic skills.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Workshops: 32 hours
  • Other: 8 hour session in Enhancement Week


  • Essay (2000 words)
  • Portfolio (2500 words)

Additional costs: #DMUGlobal experience to Hong Kong (not compulsary) and purchase of books