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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Compulsory course (1st. semester): Economic Development in Africa

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Julie Katrine Oxenvad (3-70757e467a6b757234717b346a71)
    Head of Administration
  • African Studies
Course number: TAFAECO15U

Course content

The course will examine major current issues in development economics with special emphasis on how they relate to economic growth and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa. The course will cover macroeconomic issues (key sectors, growth determinants and international capital flows) and microeconomic issues (such as health, human capital and poverty dynamics).

In addition to presenting stylized facts about the economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa, the course will pay particular attention to the different economic theories about economic growth and development and the policy implications that follow.

Learning outcome

The aim is for the student to acquire the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of key concepts and a clear understanding of economic theory and methodology of relevance to economic development problems and economic policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Knowledge of central theories of economic development and the effects of the most important economic policy measures.
  • Knowledge of the economic development and structures of African countries.

Mandatory prerequisites

The course is only open for CAS MA students and professional master students.

Sign up

CAS MA students admitted 1 September 2016 wil automatic be registered for this course.
Other CAS MA students have to register for the course at KUnet.
Professional Master students has to hand in a registration form.

Please read here: http://teol.ku.dk/cas/studentinformation/courses/course_registration/


MA programme in African Studies


Study board of African Studies


Henrik Meyer


1 semester


Tuesdays 10-12 and Thursdays 13-15
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Teaching and learning methods

Primary teaching is class lecturing 4 hours a week combined with class interacting on relevant topics from the syllabus. It is important that students interact during classes. I the latter part of the semester students prepare a group essay. The selection of topic and writing is supervised by the teacher.




Category Hours
Class Instruction 56
Course Preparation 244
Exam Preparation 119
Exam 1
English 420

Exam (Written group essay with an oral exam)

Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 min.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

The grade 12 is given at the exam when the student demonstrates:

  • In-depth knowledge of the prerequisites and implications for economic development issues as well as key socio-economic trends inAfrica,
  • Strong knowledge of the different theories used to explain and forward economic growth and development,
  • Solid understanding of both the macroeconomic and microeconomic issues (e.g. health, human capital, poverty dynamics).
  • Ability to understand and use economic theories and tools to analyse relevant policies and outcomes of relevance to the region.

Censorship form

External censorship

Exam period

December 2016 (submission of Written group essay) and January 2017 (oral exam).

For more information please see here: https:/​/​intranet.ku.dk/​africanstudies_ma/​examination/​examinationtimeschedule/​Pages/​default.aspx

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