Structure and Curriculum

Self-study, live sessions, research, and practical work

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ACA Certificate Components

Preliminary Project Planning

The design of the project starts from the application process with a brief project proposal.

Academic Modules

The Certificate includes two interdisciplinary online modules that concentrate on concepts and applied perspectives for preventing corruption through Collective Action, as well as preparatory project activities.

Final Project Design

Participants will be provided with methodologies and tools during the modules to finalize the design of their projects.

Workshops

During the project implementation phase, periodical workshops will be held with all participants. In these sessions, IACA will provide guidance and updates, and participants will share their progress and lessons learned.

Monitoring

The project implementation will be closely monitored by IACA, guiding participants in defining clear tasks and deadlines to meet.

Final Report & Project Continuation

At the end of the programme, participants will submit a Final Project Report including a continuation plan. Upon completion of the programme, IACA will continue with follow-up activities focused on project outcomes and impact.

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Two modules over one year

This post-graduate certificate comprises two modules and the project implementation, over one year. The modules cover fundamentals of anti-corruption studies, Collective Action theory, the role of collaboration in anti-corruption, corruption assessment, project management methodology, and others. Every module takes between 8 to 10 weeks, and their courses run in sequence.

The modules carry 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits each. After the course phase and preparatory project activities, project implementation starts with monthly seminars worth 3 ECTS credits in total. The certification concludes with a final project report. The project implementation and report are worth 15 ECTS credits, coming to a total of 30 ECTS credits overall.

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Module 1

Alternative approaches to fighting corruption

This module will establish the knowledge base on anti-corruption from a collaborative and trust-based perspective. Classes will provide methodological foundations for a clear understanding of the corruption problem and for anti-corruption project implementation. The module starts with basic concepts, highlighting current debates and critiques on the need for new visions and approaches in the fight against corruption. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding culture and context to mitigate the risks of failure.

The module will also provide participants with hands-on techniques to address corruption in a practical way, learning to use tools and methodologies to assess corruption, conduct stakeholder analysis, and for understanding the dynamics that lead to the success of a given intervention. The module will conclude with classes and activities on project planning and implementation.

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Module 2

Collective Action theory applied to anti-corruption practice

The focus of this module is the study of Collective Action from different perspectives. It begins by addressing the theory of Collective Action which has been widely studied for the management of common pool resources. Small and medium scale interventions and the conditions and factors for enhancing collaboration will be analyzed. The module will also focus on working together with stakeholders. Based on the theory of Collective Action and considering the experience of professionals in the anti-corruption area, factors to promote collaboration will be analyzed. 

The module will conclude with practical sessions to strengthen the skills of participants for Collective Action project implementation. Detailed guidelines for the methodology to be used during the remaining eight months dedicated to the project implementation will be provided.

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Learning Methodologies

Both modules consist of several courses. Each course covers one aspect which corresponds to the topic and overall objectives of the module. The workload of each course is determined by the number of ECTS credits allocated to the course.

Each course consists of the following elements:

  1. Course outline and reading materials
  2. Pre-recorded lectures
  3. Self-assessment quizzes
  4. Complementary learning materials: readings and/or videos
  5. Discussion forum participation
  6. Live sessions
  7. Written assignment
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