Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3235: Corruption, Power and Legitimacy

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to introduce key concepts, evidence and theoretical perspectives in the analysis of corruption, party politics and political legitimacy in democracies, and develop your comparative analytical skills as well as your use of case study research. The aim is to enable you to think critically about fundamental political concepts and the effect that the way in which they are interpreted by policy-makers has on contemporary politics today. The intention of the module is to give you the empirical and theoretical grounding to place the current (perceived) political crisis amongst Western democracies in analytical perspective. In doing this, you will not only be engaging in significant and topical political debates but will be studying a subject at the forefront of modern political science.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate detailed understanding of significant contemporary debates about the definition, measurement and approaches to analysing corruption in contemporary politics
2. Critically assess the ways in which those involved in policy-making respond to perceptions of corruption and analyse this with reference to classical understandings of representative democracy
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Analyse a range of theoretical approaches in the study of politics
4. Apply case study research to understand wider political phenomena
Personal and Key Skills5. Present complex arguments effectively in writing
6. Engage constructively in complex discussions and debates
7. Study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively