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2020/2021  KAN-CCBDO1004U  Governance and Development

English Title
Governance and Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Hans Krause Hansen - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 15-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Describe and compare the theories and concepts covered in the course and relevant to the analysis of societal governance and development in the Global South.
  • Use the theories and concepts to analyse the topical issues and empirical examples, patterns and trends covered in the course.
  • Discuss and critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of relevant theories and concepts with a view to explaining characteristics and challenges of societal governance and development in the Global South.
  • Assess the foundation of knowledge about societal governance and development, including relevant research philosophies and methodological tools covered in the course.
  • Demonstrate appropriate academic writing skills, including: correct referencing, clear argumentation and correct usage and definition of key concepts.
Course prerequisites
Knowledge of the political economy of
globalisation and development is an advantage, but not a pre-condition.
Governance, CSR and Development:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-5
Size of written product Max. 40 pages
Groups of 2 have to submit no more than 20 pages. Groups of 3 have to submit no more than 30 pages, and groups of 4 and 5 no more than 40 pages.
Students can apply for exemption to do the exam individually. If granted, individual students have to submit no more than 15 pages.
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
There are four different scenaria for the re-exam.
A) If the student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has been part of handing in the report,s/he does not have to submit a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project AGAIN for the re-exam.
B) If an individual student fails the oral exam, s/he does not have to submit a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project report again for the re-exam.
C) If a whole group fails, they must hand in a revised report for the re-take.
D) If you have not handed in anything for the ordinary exam, you will hand in a report for the re-exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The duration of the oral examination of groups of 2 is set to 40 minutes, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade. The duration of the oral examination of groups of 3, 4 or 5 students is set to 60 minutes, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade.


Course description for Responsible Value Chains - a Path to Sustainable Development?  

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The aim of Governance and Development is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of societal governance and development processes in countries and regions of the Global South. This includes a theoretical focus on (1) the main characteristics  and variety of meanings of the concepts of development and governance (2) the structures, institutions, policies and practices that frame governance of the economy and wider society and (3) the interplay between powerful actors such as the government, state agencies, domestic and foreign business groups, labor unions, ethnic and civil society networks and movements, and international organizations.


Societal governance is a political process that shapes social and economic institutions and populations, with implications for national development, incomes, inequality, human capabilities, sustainability, international relations, war and peace. Governance outcomes are contingent upon the interplay between developing country governments, business and civil society actors at multiple levels of governance, locally, nationally and internationally. 

Description of the teaching methods
The course is designed to present and discuss theoretical perspectives on governance and development together with analytical and empirical methodologies for assessing and validating these understandings and explanations. The course is conducted by CBS faculty and external lecturers. The teaching includes active participation of students through student presentations, group discussions and plenum debates, and methodological exercises. The syllabus will comprise theoretical and empirical material, in which the obligatory literature will amount to approx. 800-900 pages. All obligatory articles will be available electronically on and through Canvas and CBS Library, while optional literature might be acquired through the internet or otherwise made available.
Feedback during the teaching period
The principal way for students to receive feedback on their readings and work for this course is through active participation in class. Students are expected to attend all lectures. In addition to this, students are given 10 minutes of supervision in connection with their assignments. Feedback is also obtained as part of the question and answer session at the oral exam and students are given an explanation of their grade immediately after the oral exam. Finally, students have the possibility of receiving individual and group feedback during regular consultation hours.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exam 1 hours
Preparation 175 hours
Total 206 hours
Last updated on 15-06-2020