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Comparative Corruption

SOC 113
3 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017
Section 1   F  2:30PM - 5:20PM

Corruption has been drawing increasing policy-making and scholarly attention since the 1990s, in the wake of several waves of political and economic openings in the developing world, as well as several regional and global economic/financial crises. Identifying the mechanisms of corruption, and their similarities and differences in various environments, can help assess the proposed solutions to this widespread issue. The course starts with a discussion of the definitions and measurement of corruption across countries, and then addresses corruption in specific environments, such as the politics and the economies of developed and developing countries, conflict-ridden societies, and international investment. The pros and cons of various anti-corruption approaches are also discussed.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify, compare and contrast the forms and causes of corruption in various environments
  • Use social scientific concepts to understand corruption, and its proliferation and persistence
  • Critically assess various solutions proposed to address corruption, and think creatively about remedies.





SOC 113 Syllabus - 2016