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2021/2022  KAN-CCBDO1004U  Governance and Development

English Title
Governance and Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First 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 24-08-2021

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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 and Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The exam assignment consists of two questions. The student chooses one of the questions. It is required that at least 10 references from the obligatory course literature are included and used in the written home assignment

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 and presentations in class and in the small breakout exercises along the way in class. Students are expected to attend all lectures. Students also have the possibility of receiving individual and group feedback during the regular weekly consultation hours.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exam 1 hours
Preparation 175 hours
Total 206 hours
Last updated on 24-08-2021