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- Michael Khorommbi (BA graduate, 2015)
Social and Political Ethics: Power and Corruption
To be announced
Duration & Time:
6 January – 10 January 2020, 08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified)
This is an interdisciplinary (philosophical, theological and political studies) ethics module that examines the dynamics of power and the major ethical problem of corruption. Theologically we consider the notion of power, drawing in particular on the works of biblical theologian Walter Wink, and trying to trace the notion of power in Christian theology. We then shift towards an analysis of power as expressed by a number of secular philosophers and theorists (including Weber, Poulantzas, Arendt, Giddens, Foucault and Bourdieu). This creates the theoretical framework for a critical examination of political corruption.
We shall try to define corruption, suggesting how it might broadly be seen as the misuse of power for personal/collective gain, while recognising that we sometimes misuse the term as it is strictly defined – we may be forced to reconsider our traditional definitions in the light of legal practices in some societies that nonetheless disempower people and privilege political and economic elites. Perhaps we need to invent a ‘new’ moral category – ‘systemic corruption’. Finally, we shall examine how various means to challenge and defeat corruption might be applied to better serve the common good of peoples and society.
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Name of Bank
Standard Bank of South Africa
Account Holder’s Name:
St Augustine College of South Africa
Address of Bank:
258 Beyers Naude Drive, Black Heath, Northcliff, Johannesburg