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Corruption, Anti-corruption and its Discontents (SWM648)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This course is divided into three main sections. The first section of this course unpacks the definition of corruption, and how corruption is and might be measured. The second section develops analysis skills, examining different ways of analysing a corruption 'problem' through case studies. The final section addresses anti-corruption theories of change, and the politics of anti-corruption measures. Students will analyse anti-corruption reports and learn to write policy recommendations, developing problem solving measures for complex real world examples.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of theories of corruption, their utility and the assumptions that inform them.
2. Develop critical analytical skills through the evaluation of key contemporary issues in corruption theory and practice.
3. Apply concepts independently in a critical, clear and problem-solving manner through both written assignments and participation in seminars and workshops.
4. Demonstrate skills of professional cooperation and collaboration through working in groups and engaging in peer assessment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars and workshops are delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is delivered in intensive mode, and is comprised of eight sessions spread across eight weeks of the teaching period. The three weekly hours of class time will be semi-structured, including a direct instruction lecture, student presentations, in-class activities such as case studies, simulations, role plays and discussion of the readings.
This unit moves away from a traditional lecture/tutorial format where content delivery is exclusively by a lecturer followed by discussion with the class. In the workshop model, students are asked to complete their readings before class. The lecturer provides a 15-20 minute framework to understand the content and then students are asked to work in groups to prepare and present material, followed by class discussion. Students will supervised and guided to develop and apply theoretical frameworks, present analysis of case studies and develop creative policy solutions in discussion with groups.
Assessment 1. Case study Part 1: analysing why corruption occurs worth 35%
2. Case study Part 2: policy responses to corruption case, worth 30%
3. Oral Presentation of case study findings: 20%
4. Class participation, including peer feedback on oral presentations 15%

Students will be given a marked grade and feedback on assessment 1.
Students will present their findings for assessment 2 in an oral presentation and receive feedback from peers.
Students will submit assessment 2 at the end of the semester, allowing students sufficient time to take advantage of peer feedback process.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jacqui Baker
Lecturer in Southeast Asian Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6228
e: Jacqui.Baker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.060 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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