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2012/2013  KAN-CBL_GLOB  Globalization, New Trends in Trade and Business in African contexts

English Title
Globalization, New Trends in Trade and Business in African contexts

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
10 sessions of 3 x 45 minutes during 10 weeks

1 lesson/week on Wednesdays, 10.00-13.00 or 13.00-16.00
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Eric Komlavi Hahonou - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Secretary: Birgitte Hertz, bhe.stu@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Political Economy
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 12-03-2012
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Explain how the institutional context in African countries shapes business practices.
  • Explain and compare key changes and challenges for trade and business in Africa
  • Formulate a relevant topic based on the themes and concepts in the curriculum, and develop links between their chosen topic and the other concepts and themes in the curriculum. Students should be able to synthesise and reflect analytically upon the overall themes and concepts presented in the curriculum
  • develop his/her own analysis by elaborating upon the topics and concepts raised during the course
Bachelor degree
48-hour essay examination
48-hour essay examination:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period October, End of October (or beginning of November)

Preferred exam date/period. Week 44 or 45
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 48 Hours

Course content
The course is concerned with the specific institutional settings that shape trade and business in African countries. The different texts illustrate both the contextual constraints and the entrepreneurial strategies, and confront them to the conception and implementation of policies and neoliberal reforms. More specifically, the course presents the relation between governments, development aid organisations and the private sector as well as the commercial relationships between UE, China and African countries.
Teaching methods
A combination of lectures and student presentations, with focus on students’ abilities to analyze and conceptualize thematic and theoretical features against the backdrop of the course literature. A particular attention will be paid to students’ active participation. Teaching and literature will be in English. When appropriate this course will use cases and documentary movies as a way to illustrate institutional characteristics and dynamics.
Student workload
lectures 18 hours
Preparation to student's presentations 4 hours
Reading of literature and preparation to examination 124 hours
Examination 48 hours
Expected literature
To be announced on Learn, but most likely:
Lecture 1 : Introduction :

- AFRICA YEAR BOOK, Politics, economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2010.
- Collier Paul and Jan Willem Gunning, (1999) ‘Explaining African Economic Performance’.

Lecture 2 : Privatization and neoliberal reforms in African contexts
- Meagher, Kate (2003), “A Back Door to Globalisation? Structural Adjustment, Globalisation & Transborder Trade”
- Graham Harrison(2010), Neoliberal Africa: The Impact of Global Social Engineering
- Fergusson, James, (2005), ”Seeing like an Oil-Company: Space, Security and Global Capital in Neoliberal Africa”.
- Danida’s Growth and Employment Strategy (2011). Copenhagen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lecture 3 : Perspectives on the informal sector in Africa
- Meagher, Kate, (2010), ‘Identity Economics: social networks and the informal economy in Nigeria
- Chalfin B., (2000), Risky business. Economic uncertainty, market reforms and female livelihoods in North-East Ghana.
- Berry Sara S., (1985), ‘From peasant to artisan: motor mechanics in a Nigerian Town’

Lecture 4 : Critical perspectives on CSR in African contexts
- Bitzer Verena and Pieter Glasbergen, (2010), ‘Partnerships for sustainable change in Cotton: An institutional Analysis of African cases’,
- Wambui Kimathi, (2011), ‘Corporate social Responsibility: A fig leaf or a new development path worth pursuing?’
For details and following sessions see annex 1
Last updated on 12-03-2012