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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Globalisation and Dynamics in Global Value Chains

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Niels Fold (2-7c744e77757c3c79833c7279)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NGEK10024U

Course content

The course aims to provide an overview of economic-geographical globalization processes analysed within the Global Value Chain (GVC) approach. The focus is on GVCs linking developing countries and industrialised countries. The content of the course includes: core analytical concepts in the GVC approach (governance, institutional frameworks and upgrading); quality and standards; corporate social responsibility in GVCs; position of small-scale producers; policy implications; fieldwork methods.


Learning outcome


Forms of GVC governance and regulatory institutions, types of upgrading, role of quality and standards, position of small-scale producers, policy implications.


  • Explain the content of the basic elements in GVC analysis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main actors and governance mechanisms in GVCs
  • Outline significant development tendencies in various GVCs, notably with regard to possibilities for upgrading of technology, organization and labour in developing countries
  • Apply theoretical and empirical insight in assessing policy recommendations focused on upgrading
  • Demonstrate basic ability to implement a GVC analysis.
  • Make an oral presentation (academic style) and write a short, concise synopsis on a selected subject.



Discuss recent theoretical and methodological contributions on the GVC approach. Analyse the impact on local economic development of globalisation processes by using GVC analysis. Discuss scope of upgrading for firms and labour in developing countries.

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.

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Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.


25 students (1 class of 25).




Please see Absalon.


Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 136
English 206


Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners.


Resubmission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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