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Anti-Corruption Interdisciplinary Studies: Certificate Program. 2018

  • Deadline for applications: 5 September
  • Course dates 13 September until 30 April
  • Places: 30

The program is supported by “Open Society Foundations”

We announce a call for participation in the comprehensive Certificate Program in 2018.

“Anti-Corruption Interdisciplinary Studies” is an educational program devoted to the comprehensive study of corruption as a social and legal phenomenon and ways of its prevention.  Best theorists and practitioners in the field of combating corruption from Ukraine, the Netherlands and Germany are invited to lecture the courses. The program is useful for representatives of anti-corruption bodies, activists of the public sector, MPs’ assistants, government officials, journalists, academics who wish to improve their qualifications in this field, lawyers and university students. The program consists of compulsory and selective  practically-oriented  courses.

To obtain a certificate you need to:
– Successfully complete 4 obligatory and 1 selective course;
– Attend not less than 80% of classes;
– Succeed in accomplishing program tasks.

Beginning of the program: September 13, 2018.
Duration of the program: two semesters (1st semester – from September, 13, 2018, second semester – from January 17, 2019).
Language of the program: Ukrainian / English.
Venue: National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv.
Schedule: Thursdays, Fridays at 6 p. m. – 8:50 a.m.  Classes can take place on Saturdays  mornings at 9:30 – 12:20.
Tuition fee: The program is free of charge for 30 participnts selected according to the results of the competition.

To participate in the competition fill in the application form by 11:00 p.m. and send  to the following documents:
– CV;
– Copy of the diploma and the supplement to the diploma;
– Certificate of a foreign language knowledge(if available);
– Recommendation letter;
– Motivational letter (300-500 words) or video for up to 3 minutes in MPEG-4 format.

In some cases, an interview may be conducted with the candidate.

The results of the selection will be announced to candidates by September, 11, 2018.

The Certificate  Program is a joint project of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center and is implemented with the support of the Open Society Foundations.



Normative courses:

I. Corruption, Public Policy and Society


The course will outline the causes and preconditions for corruption, reveal the concepts of "domestic" and "top-corruption", "state capture", highlight the peculiarities of corruption in the public and private spheres, characterize the specifics of corruption in various spheres. Students will study theoretical approaches to the interpretation of the phenomenon of corruption (economic, political science, communication perspectives), as well as approaches to counteract it, follow the genesis of the Ukrainian oligarch, investigate corruption schemes in the basic sectors of the economy as well as  political corruption and financing of political parties.


II. Legal Framework and Institutional Mechanisms for Preventing Corruption


During the classes students will

  • gain knowledge and practical skills regaring the system of law enforcement bodies with anti-corruption functions,
  • follow the course of Ukraine's anti-corruption reforms, understand their advantages, disadvantages, trends and prospects.

The issues of correlation between concepts: "corruption", "corruption offense", "conflict of interests", "other corruption-related offenses" will be highlighted. Students will learn how to choose and apply the legal provisions in the field of prevention of corruption,  interpret the law on prevention of corruption, analyze the tendencies of judicial practice in the prevention of corruption. During the course, the students will be presented with the best practice of protecting the whistleblowers in the world.

III. Methodology on Conducting Research on Combating Corruption


The goal of the course is to train qualified researchers and analysts in the field of combating corruption. Students will learn about the strengths and limitations of theoretical approaches and techniques, will work with scientific literature and develop research designs. During the course the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative methods of studying corruption will be explained; differences of factor-centered and outcome-centered design will be demonstrated.  Сontent analysis, framing analysis, discourse analysis, interviewing and ethnographic research methods  are to be elaborated. The final goal of the course is to conduct the own research.

IV. Search and Content Analysis of Information from Public and Private Databases


Students will gain practical skills in the search, collection, processing and use of information in state registries. The notion of "social networks" and the role of networking in corrupt / anti-corruption activities will be considered.

Selective Courses:

I. Anti-Corruption Compliance


The course will cover the concept of "compliance", the requirements and restrictions of anti-corruption legislation, as well as the peculiarities of creating an effective system of internal compliance. The course will be held in the form of lectures, discussions and workshops on the development of anti-corruption policies and codes of ethics for companies in various business areas.

II. The Right to Access Public Information


The aim of the course is to reveal theoretical and practical issues of the right to access public information as well as the best international standards in this field. The lecturer explains the importance and value of freedom of information, discloses the legal nature and the distinction of the right to access information freedom of information and the right to appeal. The purpose of the course is also to explain the legal grounds for limiting the right to access information, including the use of a three-part test (Part 2, Article 6 of the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information"). An important part of the course is the issue of protecting the whistleblowers as the guarantee for open government and the influence of civil society on public policy.

III. Investigating Corrupt Practices


The course highlights the peculiarities of collecting evidence in criminal proceedings against corruption crimes, the latent nature of corruption crimes, and the main objectives of the investigation. During the lectures students will get knowledge about the concept and types of corruption offenses; about corruption crimes and illegal benefits; will get acquainted with the basics of the methodology of investigation of corruption crimes. The second part of the course will be conducted as the simulation of conducting investigation and case-study.

IV. Qualification of Corrupt Practices


The course is devoted to studying the provisions of administrative and criminal legislation, doctrinal provisions and materials of judicial practice in order to assess corrupt offences correctly.


  • Fluent English.
  • Bachelor/Master's Degree.

Course materials