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Andrew Gordon
PB AF 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.

Class description

Topic: Corruption

The claim of “corruption” is employed to describe such a wide range of activities – sometimes with varying but precise definitions, sometimes as loose claims masking complex processes, sometimes as harsh judgments without apparent foundation – that effective use in developing public policy is all but impossible. This course will utilize a range of social science and practitioner literature (e.g. Lessig, Merton, Dalton, Faulkner, Coase, Eigen), popular and media accounts, and case study examples from many countries (via speakers, video, etc.) to dissect the concept of corruption in context, and to propose solutions as appropriate. We hope to conduct this class as a seminar, with students contributing actively to class discussions and providing examples from their own experience in the U.S. and/or abroad. Ideally, student contributions will culminate in an edited collection.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 03/20/2008