Corruption: Research, Regulation and Governance

BSRS919 Corruption: Research, Regulation and Governance

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    Corruption distorts governance and facilitates other crimes. This course gives participants a solid starting point for research on corruption, organized in three parts: First, it addresses the phenomenon of corruption and reviews empirical results on the variation of the problem. Participants learn to estimate the extent of the problem in a society given available data. Second, it offers an introduction to the legal regulation of the problem, including conflict of interest regulation, criminal law, and corporate liability. Participants consider cases and learn to apply insights from the course. Third, the course addresses variation in implementation and enforcement of rules against corruption. In this context, participants discuss the importance of non-legal solutions, involving foreign players in a country, collective action from the side of the private sector, investigative journalism, and civil society. The course draws on a wide range of research approaches, especially from economics, political science and law.  

    Students apply and are accepted via the BSRS 2021: (copy and paste the url).

  • Learning outcome

    Students will be able to:


    • Describe the risk of corruption in governance-market as well as political contexts
    • Categorize forms of corruption in a specific society
    • Assess the quality of relevant data and the result of empirical analyses of the problem


    • Analyze the regulation of the problem and the performance of anti-corruption initiatives in a specific setting
    • Approach and manage specific corruption-related challenges (upon case-based learning)
    • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of alternative options for evaluation of the impact of reforms /solutions


    • Discuss the role and responsibility of non-legal actors at the domestic and international level
    • Understand the political economy of anti-corruption reform

  • Teaching

    The course is part of the Bergen Summer Research School to be held 7-17 June 2020. We plan for digital teaching (practical details TBC). 

    Ahead of the course all participants will be given a research question on which they are obliged to write a 2-4 page essay to be submitted before the course begins. 

    The course lasts for two weeks. The work days are structured as follows: 3,5 hours course teaching before lunch, and 3,5 hours with common sessions after lunch (break 12.30-13.30).The summer school emphasizes active learning. Students will cooperate on tasks, do case work, and hold short presentations. 

    Students who chooses the 10 ECTS option will prepare and submit a term paper by late summer/early fall 2021. 

  • Restricted access

    Students apply and are accepted via the BSRS 2021: (copy and paste the url). Applicants will be prioritized according to academic criteria. The maximum amount of participants for each course is 20, and the minimum number is 8. If the number is lower than 8, the course will be cancelled. (BSRS allocates stipends to participants according to defined criteria).

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    The course cannot be combined with BUS452 CORRUPTION - INCENTIVES, DISCLOSURE AND LIABILITY at NHH Norwegian School of Economics due to overlap.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Students must attend all parts of the course. Attendance will be registered. 

    Ahead of the course all participants will be given a research question on which they are obliged to write a 2-4 page essay to be submitted before the course begins. 

  • Assessment

    The students get credits for participation and a term paper. There is no exam. In terms of ECTS, participants have two options: they can choose between 4 ECTS and 10 ECTS. 

    4 ECTS are given for participation in the course and in the Common Sessions. This includes submitting the mini-essay in advance and carrying out a student presentation during BSRS. The course leader registers participants’ attendance during the course.

    10 ECTS are given to participants who submit a term paper within a given deadline (in the early fall 2021), if the paper is approved by the course leader.   

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature


    Rose-Ackerman, Susan, and Bonnie J. Palifka. Corruption and government: Causes, consequences, and reform. Cambridge university press, 2016.

    There will be shorter texts distributed during the course as well. 


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Offered Spring 2021

Course responsible

Professor Tina Søreide, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law