14 Lessons Learned…..from 14 years of teaching the model UNCAC course
Professor Keith Henderson shares his insights on teaching the model Course on the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
Over 50 university professors of varied disciplinary stripes and nationalities recently met in Vienna to exchange ideas and lessons learned on how to effectively teach the new model UNCAC course for universities developed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The meeting proved to be timely and hugely successful. Following informal distribution of the course a year ago, over 20 universities already have offered-up the syllabus or an adaption of it to students from many countries, including China, the U.S. and Australia. Many others are now gearing-up to offer it this Fall.
During my workshop training session there, I was asked to share my 14 years of teaching experience with the model UNCAC course, a summer one-week course as well as another broader course that covered much of the substance of the UNCAC. These lessons are captured in a global teacher’s guidance tool entitled: '14 Lessons Learned from 14 Years of Teaching’.
Some of the key lessons learned include:
- the model UNCAC global on-line syllabus can be adapted and used by multiple stakeholders for multiple purposes, including a wide range of university departments, government institutions, businesses, NGOs, as well as for purposes of continuing education credits and corporate compliance and certificate programs;
- the syllabus needs to be prioritized and adapted to country, institutional and sector context, depending on the interest of the professor, students and/or those taking the course and
- the issues and best practices raised in the UNCAC syllabus need to be linked-up and discussed with other closely related issues embedded in other treaties and best practices, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Ruggie Principles and the Global Compact.
My hope is that this tool will be helpful to anyone interested in teaching the model course or that it will encourage some to teach or create some version of it. I’d be happy to share further thoughts. Please feel free to contact me anytime at ProfessorUNCAC@icloud.com. You can also find this tool and others on my new website: www.professoruncac.com.