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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 2-3 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 1: What is Corruption?

Corruption affects us all and millions of people around the world protest against it every day. What is corruption? How do we know it when we see it? This module is designed to give you an understanding of both the definition and the key components of corruption. You’ll learn about the general and legal definitions of corruption, how to measure it using the Corruptions Perceptions Index, examine the history of corruption, and evaluate where corruption takes place in the world. You'll also learn three major theories that attempt to explain the current "Eruption in Corruption" that we are facing today. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to explain what corruption is, how it is measured, the costs of corruption, and how corruption spreads so that you can begin identifying and measuring corruption where it affects you....
Reading
4 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
1.2 What is Corruption?13m
1.3 How Much Corruption?14m
1.4 How Did Corruption Spread?14m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides/Additional Readings - Week 110m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1: Introduction to Corruption Quiz20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 2: Societal Level Effects

In this module, you'll explore the extensive effects of corruption, including its economic, social and psychological costs. You'll learn how corruption leads to the informal creation of parallel institutions, such as loansharking and black markets, and see the role decision makers play in enabling the spread of corruption. You'll also learn how trust is jeopardized, and how this loss of trust inhibits economic and social development. You'll examine the social costs of corruption, including decreases in the quality of infrastructure and in environmental quality, increases in terrorism and infant mortality, and other threats to human security. At the end of this module, you'll be able to outline the comprehensive effects of corruption so that you can determine strategies for addressing them....
Reading
4 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
2.2 Decision Makers9m
2.3 Corruption and Trust8m
2.4 Corruption Hurts15m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides/Additional Readings - Week 210m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2: Corruption Within Society Quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 3: Individual Firm Level Effects

This module was designed to help you explore the ethics behind corruption through external and internal relationships. You'll learn about the time and monetary costs of corruption, perspectives on the benefits of bribery, and the characteristics of a strong ethical climate. You'll also learn how to identify indirect costs of corruption, including those that are easy to predict, like fines and settlements, and those which are harder to quantify, such as effects on an individual's reputation. At the end of this module, you'll be able to define corruption as part of a relationship, outline the costs of corruption on those relationships, and categorize the sanctions, both predictable and unpredictable, imposed on corrupt entities....
Reading
4 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
3.2 Relationships10m
3.3 Indirect Costs16m
3.4 Sanctions18m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides - Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3: Costs of Corruption Quiz20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 4: Corruption Control

In this module, you will learn the main theories about control of corruption. You'll explore whether or not corruption can be controlled. Then, you'll examine the different ways corruption can be controlled: firms, industries, and polities (organized societies). You'll learn about assurance problems, platforms for exchange, and certification programs as some methods of control. You'll look at the steps organized societies have taken to control corruption, including the example of a country that used to have the cleanest government in the world. By the end of this course, you will be able to apply the principles you’ve learned by assessing the work of your peers in a Peer Review assignment. You'll create a Corruption Analysis in which you identify and analyze a real life incident of corruption that has occurred anywhere in the world over the past 12-18 months....
Reading
4 videos (Total 80 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
4.2 Control by Firms24m
4.3 Control by Industries21m
4.4 Control by Polities14m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides - Week 410m
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Top Reviews

By MAAug 16th 2018

I loved this course. It helped me to get a greater view at the real issue behind corruption. The last assignment really made me think about the subject and dive in to give it my best. Thank you!

By LBDec 5th 2017

Superb course. I learned about the cause and the effects of corruption. As a forensic investigator, this helps me in understanding the causes of corruption and financial crimes. Thank you.

Instructor

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Philip Nichols

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Business Strategies for A Better World Specialization

You’re not just interested in making money. You’re interested in making a difference in the world too. Set your career and your business on the road to success by learning evidence-based strategies to achieve sustainable social impact: profits with purpose. This specialization was designed to give you the tools and strategies you need to create measurable social impact around the world – whether your impact goal is to create jobs, to reduce malnutrition, or to increase access to environmentally-friendly and affordable housing, or to make a positive difference in some other way. In these four courses taught by acclaimed Wharton professors, you’ll learn how to apply effective business strategies to real-world problems through a deep understanding of the global practices and trends shaping the world today. By the end of this Specialization, you’ll be able to: ● Lead, invest and make business decisions for social impact ● Analyze information about global trends to make more informed strategic business decisions ● Understand the role of corruption in societies so you can make better business decisions ● Develop, launch, test, and scale entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of significant positive social impact...
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