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2016/2017  KAN-CCBLV1601U  Poverty, Sustainability and the Private Sector

English Title
Poverty, Sustainability and the Private Sector

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Andrew Crabtree - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalization and international business
  • International political economy
Last updated on 07-07-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The course’s development of personal competences:
In addition to improving their intellectual skills, students will have the possibility to make presentations and be involved in group work.

At the end of the course, and based on a thorough knowledge of the reading, the students should be able to account for, and critically reflect upon, the most important contemporary definitions of poverty; analyze the leading issues relating to poverty and the private sector and the latter’s effect on poverty and development including sustainability. Students should be able to connect themes relating to global, regional, national and local levels
Course prerequisites
Students should have a basic knowledge of economics or development
Poverty, Sustainability and the Private Sector:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Number of people in the group max. 4
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

In Spetember 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustianable Development Goals which will dominate international development debate until 2030. This course will be structured around the 17 goals (end poverty, end humger, health, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, clean energy, decent work, industry and innovation, sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, the oceans and seas, biodiversty, peace and justice and partnerships for achieving the goals) and examine the roles that the private sector can, and cannot, play in helping to achieve the goals. Examples will be taken from different continents and relate to a diversity of private sector initiatives.





Teaching methods
Two hours for 15 weeks. A combination of lectures and presentations with active student participation. Students will be required to read approximately 800 pages.
Student workload
Preparation 136 hours
Teaching 30 hours
Examination 40 hours
Expected literature


Note: The reading is indicative and will be updated to take account of the most recent literature in relation to the post-2015 agenda


The course will draw on

Sachs, J (2015) The Age of Sustainable Development Columbia University Press, New York


Week 1: Poverty as lack of income versus the human development paradigm:


Sachs J Chapter 5: Ending Extreme Poverty.


World Development Report 2000/2001, Attacking Poverty: Overview and Chapters 1 The Nature and Evolution of Poverty, and 2 Causes of Poverty and a Framework for action.


A.K. Sen (1999) Poverty as Capability Deprivation, Chapter 5, Development as Freedom, Oxford, OUP


Sumner A (2010) Global Poverty and the New Bottom Billion. What if Three- Quarters of the World’s Poor Live in Middle Income Countries? Working Paper 74 IDS.

Whose problem now? Awkward questions about how best to help the poor Measuring


Week 2: Nutrition


Sachs J Ch 10 Food Security


What effect has the global food crisis had?

Janvry de A and Sadoutet E (2010) The Global Food Crisis and Guatemala: What Crisis and for Whom? World Development Vol. 38 No9 pp 1328-1339


Prahalad C.K. and Hammond A (2003) Serving the Poor Profitably Harvard Business Review On Corporate Responsibility.


Week 3: Health


Sachs Ch 9 Health for All


Meng-Kin Lim, Hui Yang, Tuohong Zhang, Wen Feng and Zijun Zhou (2004)

Public Perceptions of Private Health Care in Socialist China

Health Affairs , 23, no. 6 (2004): 222-234

Gatkin (2005) How much would poor people gain from faster progress

towards the Millennium Development Goals for health?

Lancet2005; 365: 813–17


Week 4 Gender and the private sector:


Sachs Ch 7 Social Inclusion


Can Fair Trade help?

Kabeer N (2005) Gender equality and women's empowerment:

a critical analysis of the third Millennium Development Goal

Gender and Development Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2005


Lyon S, Bezaury JA, Mutersbaugh T Gender equity in fairtrade–organic coffee producer organizations: Cases from Mesoamerica, Geoforum
Volume 41, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 93-103


Week 5 Education


Sachs Ch 8 Education for All


What type of Education? What effect has the global economic crisis had?

Heyneman S (2010) Education and Development: A return to basic

Principles in Development 53(4), 518–521.

Nambissana GB (2010) The global economic crisis, poverty and education: a perspective from India Journal of Education Policy


Week 6 Climate Change


Sachs Ch 12 Climate Change



Urban F (2010) Pro-poor low carbon development and the role of growth

International Journal of Green EconomicsVol 4, No 1 82-93

Hammill et al. (2008) Microfinance and Climate Change Adaptation IDS Bulletin Volume 39 Number 4 September 2008


Week 7 Biodiversity

  Sachs Chapter 122

Spenceley A and Goodwin H, (2007) Nature-Based Tourism and Poverty Alleviation: Impacts of Private Sector and Parastatal Enterprises In and Around Kruger National Park, South Africa, Current Issues in Tourism vol. 10 Nos. 2&3.


Kirkby CA, Giudice-Granados R, Day B, Turner K, Velarde-Andrade LM, et al. (2010) The

Market Triumph of Ecotourism: An Economic Investigation of the Private and Social

Benefits of Competing Land Uses in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS ONE 5(9): e13015.



  1. Global partnerships: Chinese, Indian and Brazilian aid to Africa

Kragelund P (2010) The Potential Role of Non-Traditional Donar’s Aid in Africa


  1. The Future

Sumner A and Tiwari M After 2015: International Development Policy at the Crossroads

Last updated on 07-07-2016