Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3235: Corruption, Power and Legitimacy

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content will no doubt vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following theoretical discussions:

  • The definition of corruption
  • The measurement of corruption
  • Theoretical approaches to analysing corruption
  • The causes of corruption
  • A chronology of party system change
  • Understandings of representative democracy
  • Citizen and civil society responses to corruption
  • Party funding reform as a response to perceptions of corruption
  • Corruption challenges in privately financed party funding regimes
  • Corruption challenges in public financed party funding regimes
  • Case studies of the corruption challenges faced in specific institutional settings

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study124Preparation for class and guided reading
Guided Independent Study12Preparation for the class presentation including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing the presentation slides; preparing the class discussion
Guided Independent Study60Preparation for the examination
Guided Independent Study60Preparation for the essay and essay outline, including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Transparency International

Electoral Integrity Project

World Governance Indicators

Global Corruption Barometer