Course Details

Public Corruption & the Law

Enforcement of anti-corruption laws has spiked in recent years, both in the United States and around the world. Governments at all levels have increased legal and investigative resources to address both public officials who accept bribes in exchange for official actions, and those who pay the bribes. Nevertheless, the ongoing series of high-profile convictions suggests that corruption continues unabated. This course will explore U.S. and international laws concerning corruption and analyze whether these laws have achieved a deterrent effect. Specifically, we will examine U.S. laws and precedent on bribery and honest services fraud, ranging from local examples including recent Illinois governors to the international corporate bribery criminalized by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; analogous caselaw in other common law jurisdictions, including India, South Africa, and the United Kingdom; and multilateral treaties such as the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Special attention will be paid to the roles of corruption in the Arab Spring and anti-corruption activists, including investigative journalists and NGOs. Evaluation Method: Class participation; exam Class Materials: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo (paperback version available for purchase at Abbott Hall); all other material available on class Canvas site. NEW SPRING 2018:Add-on course option Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: Rebuilding Saint Maarten after Hurricane Irma- CONPUB 726 A This one credit clinical class is available to students concurrently enrolled in Public Corruption and Law. The class will be advising the special anticorruption unit of the Netherlands Antilles on best practices as Saint Maarten recovers from Hurricane Irma. This option is limited to 8 students. Students can only enroll in this option if they are enrolled in Public Corruption and the Law. This course will be available for enrollment with the start of add/drop for Spring 2018. The class number to self enroll is 30601. The course will meet on Thursdays in the Spring semester from 4-4:55pm.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 726
Additional Course Information: Perspective Elective


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Public Corruption & the Law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 19

Spring 2017
Title: Public Corruption & the Law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 34

Spring 2016
Title: Public Corruption & the Law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 35

Spring 2015
Title: Public Corruption & the Law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 39