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To support professors and academics in successfully delivering the UNCAC Course, UNODC is hosting a three-day workshop from 11 to 13 August 2014 aimed at enhancing the capacity of participating professors and academics to deliver high-quality anti- corruption education in their respective institutions.
Background Note on ACAD Workshop, Vienna, 11-13 August 2014 for journalists and participants.
Agenda for ACAD Expert Workshop
With the increasing recognition of corruption as a major impediment to global development, interest in addressing corruption as a subject of academic research and teaching has grown rapidly amongst the academic community in recent years. The new and innovative nature of this field of study, however, has led to recognition from many that while the interest and will to deliver courses is strong, actual experience of teaching core anti-corruption topics is more limited.
At the most recent meeting of the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative in Panama City on 28 November 2013, representatives of 51 universities from around the world called for greater capacity-building support, training and technical assistance to be provided to professors who wish to introduce anti-corruption courses in their institutions. A need for increased support in this regard was noted as being particularly significant by academics working in Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America.
This three-day workshop, hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, will enhance the capacity of participating professors and academics to deliver high-quality anti-corruption education in their respective institutions.
With the aim of supporting the development of stronger teaching capacity in the field of anti-corruption studies, the workshop will facilitate the exchange of academic expertise between professors with experience in the delivery of anti-corruption education and those who are interested in beginning to deliver courses in this field. This knowledge exchange will be structured around six core substantive sessions, with each session delivered by leading international experts. Specialized support will also be provided to those interested in using the United Nations Convention against Corruption Academic Course, as developed by UNODC, as a framework for their teaching in this field.
The core thematic areas addressed as part of the workshop will include:
In addition to providing a detailed analysis of the substantive issues involved in relation to each thematic area, session leaders will share their thoughts and experience with regard to how best such topics can be taught to students with limited prior knowledge.
UNODC will act as host and facilitator for the workshop, with teams of international experts leading individual sessions. Session-leaders will primarily be drawn from academia but will also include senior officials from Transparency International, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNODC.
The morning sessions of the workshop will be delivered to all participants in a lecture type format by presents, in the morning of each of the three days.
In the afternoon, the participants will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B.
Group A will consist of participants with family names from A - K
Group B will consist of participants with family names from L - Z
The lectures will take place for all participants in the C Building, 7th floor, room 2.
The class sessions for Group A will take place in C Building, 7th floor, room 2
The class sessions for Group B will take place in C Building, 7th floor, room 5
The workshop will be conducted in English only.
In order to support participants in gaining a strong substantive overview of the topics to be addressed in the workshop, session-leaders have provided below a set of advanced reading materials for participants to complete in advance of the workshop.
Participants are strongly encouraged to complete these readings in advance of the workshop and discussions held in the afternoon class sessions will be based on the assumption that participants have read the relevant materials provided.
Below some basic initial reading along with the reading materials are provided in relation to each topic addressed in the workshop:
Session 1: Defining and Measuring Corruption
Session 2: The Criminalization of Corruption
Session 3: Combatting Corruption in the Private Sector
Session 4: Corruption in the Criminal Justice System
Session 5: Transparency in Public Administration as an Anti-Corruption Tool
Session 6: The Anti-Corruption International Legal Framework
Special Session: Using the Internet to Promote Anti-Corruption Education
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