The Lab on Institutional Corruption at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics meets in a weekly seminar, led by Director Lawrence Lessig and Research Director Mark Somos. Each seminar features a presentation by one of the Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellows on their current research. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn how the field of institutional corruption takes shape across the multidisciplinary projects supported by the Lab. Registration is limited and by application only. Lunch will be provided.
Students are required to attend and actively participate in every seminar, and to complete the core readings before each session. Course material will only be covered once throughout the semester. Progressive, cumulative and creative engagement is encouraged; questions about topics already covered will be seen as a lack of attention to earlier course discussions and material. The main written assignment will be a short paper, no longer than 4,000 words. Topics will be selected during the course, and discussed with and approved by the Research Director.
Scanned copies of some of the course readings can be found online. Other sources are available at Harvard libraries or online. Please note that as the series focuses on cutting-edge and unpublished research, from time to time there may be short additions or minor revisions to the syllabus, but no later than one week before the given seminar. Students are expected to cover this material before class sessions.