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C – Individual and organisational dynamics of corruption and integrity

Having explored the big picture of corruption and its patterns in urban development and planning, this block draws on the the latest insights from social psychology and related disciplines to help students understand how even entirely well-intentioned people and entire organisations can slip into and  get entangled in corruption, but also what strategies are at hand to help activate and assert one’s ethical reasoning.   Again, there are several common myths about corrupt motives and corrupt behaviour that are being exploded along the way of helping students develop a realistic concept of their own moral faculties and how to most effectively apply them.

Key questions: what makes good people do bad things; how good and failure-proof is one’s ethical judgment; how do peers and colleagues influence ethical or unethical behavior; what is the slippery slope of corrupt behavior and how can it be proactively addressed?