Treaty bodies and various special procedures of the United Nations have identified corruption as one of the root causes for states not being able to comply with their human rights obligations. The negative consequences of corruption on human rights have led to an increased number of international documents signed by both, the United Nations and regional organizations.
“Human rights are indivisible and interdependent, and the consequences of corrupt governance are multiple and touch on all human rights — civil, political, economic, social and cultural, as well as the right to development.” (OHCHR)
Today the University of Pennsylvania is launching a Massive Open Online Course on Corruption. The course has a duration of 4 weeks with a flexible time comittment of 2-4 hours per week. The course will be facilitated by Philip Nichols, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at University of Pennsylvania. To complete this intermediate level course and receive a certificate the participants have to pass all graded assignments.
Beside giving an introduction to the definition and societal implications of corruption, this MOOC is going to tackle how corruption can better be controlled:
“You’ll look at measures used by the US Dept. of Justice, and the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, the difference between Compliance programs and Integrity programs, and explore Mock Investigations.” (Corruption, Week 4)