Aim: The aim of the module is to make students reflect on questions relating to ethics and integrity in the public sector. Students are trained to critically consider integrity and corruption risks at the national and international level. In addition, students are expected to derive an evaluation of national and international integrity and anti-corruption policy from the results of literature study and some field work.
Content: The public’s trust in governance and policing to a large extent depends on the ethical quality and the integrity of the concerned public services. Developments such as the privatization of control and the shared responsibility of public-private security raise new questions as to the filling-in of ethical values and the control of integrity: (1.) Ethics and integrity of the public sector; (2.) Corruption phenomenon: a.) Defining corruption, what is corruption and how is corruption understood in different academic disciplines?; b.) Public and private corruption; (3.) Aetiology and anti-corruption policy: a.) Understanding the aetiology of corruption; b.) An integrated anti-corruption policy: integrating lower-level corruption and grand corruption. Case study post conflict corruption; c.) Group discussion on corruption in post-conflict regions based on journalist reportages.
Competencies: Insights into the state of the art of theory and research on governance and ethics; the ability to distinguish between the concepts of ethics, integrity violation and corruption; the ability to reflect on governance and ethics related to the own professional experience in the domain of security and justice; the ability to evaluate the impact of integrity violations and distinguish between the categories of victims; the ability to critically analyze the causes of integrity violations on the individual, organizational and societal level for the own professional organization; the ability to develop the broad outlines of an integrity plan for the own professional organization, relating this to both the characteristics of the organization and its core business within a social context; the ability to find and consult scientific sources on governance and ethics (e.g. literature, legislation, other documents) and critically analyze them; the ability to evaluate empirical research on governance and ethics; the ability to reflect on one’s own thoughts about the governance and ethics and to keep an open mind about other opinions and new ideas.