The course will be primarily useful for the students studying subjects relevant to the infrastructure sector (e.g., engineering, architecture, project management, procurement etc.) as well as for those in other professional fields such as law, accounting and business management.
It covers such topics as:
- what is corruption: how law treats corrupt acts, types of corruption offences, specific forms of corruption in infrastructure projects;
- how corruption occurs in infrastructure projects: typical corruption schemes used by unscrupulous individuals in each project phase, how they are concealed, for example, by using intermediaries to pay bribes, or concealed ownership structures;
- how corruption occurs: the different motivators which may lead an organisation to become involved in corruption and the factors which facilitate corruption such as the involvement of public officials regulating relevant area;
- the cost of corruption for infrastructure projects: over-priced infrastructure, poor quality of goods, works, services etc.;
- dealing with corruption: value systems that impact how an individual deals with corruption via personal ethics, professional ethics, employer ethics, and criminal law, the steps that professional institutions and employers should take to prevent corruption, as well as the stakeholders of the infrastructure sector as a whole;
- case studies concerning corruption on infrastructure projects.
The course also contains a practical task for students to examine a series of corruption-prone dilemmas that arise in the various phases of the fictitious Galaxy Highway project.
The authors highlight that the course is focused on the specifics of corruption in the infrastructure sector but if properly adapted it can also be applicable to other sectors.