ANU-PAAE8004:Corruption & Anticorruption

Subject XNTS70032 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: correspondence
Total Time Commitment: In addition to contact hours an average of 10 hours each week should be set aside for preparatory work and time to complete assignments.
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the MA(Professional and Applied Ethics), the Post graduate certificate in Professional Ethics or the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Ethics or with permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Peter Larmour -Spring Intensive

Professor Seumas Miller - Semester 1 class

Andrew Alexandra

Subject Overview:

Contrary to what is sometimes said and thought, corruption is, at its core, a species of moral wrongdoing or of unethical behaviour. While many examples of corrupt activity are also examples of illegal activity, it is not always the case that corrupt activities are illegal, or even that illegal activities are corrupt. This course examines the nature, causes and moral implications of corruption, as well as strategies that can be applied to combat corruption. Since the focus of the course is corruption in general, rather than corruption in any specific context, examples and cases will be drawn from a range of roles and professions, in both the public and private spheres.


Semester 1 Class:

When successfully completed, students will have developed a good theoretical understanding of the ethical issues informing central and current understanding of Corruption and Anti-corruption, and of some key philosophical issues of importance to applied ethics more generally.


Two 3,000 word essays (50%) each.

Prescribed Texts:

Seumas Miller, Peter Roberts & Edward Spence. Corruption and Anti-Corruption: An Applied Philosophical Approach. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. Additional readings for each week will be indicated in the outline for that week.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Notes: This course is available for on-campus and off-campus (correspondence) students. On-campus students will meet with the Convener once a week to discuss readings and the conceptual materials gained by the reading materials. Distance students will participate in on-line forums for discussion of class reading materials, which students will be expected to participate in. This is the best way for off-campus students to interact with the class.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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