Approaches to Development

A multidisciplinary course on
development cooperation and aid

Each year Aarhus University offers a postgraduate spring-term course on "Approaches to Development". The course is expected to continue in its present format for a number of years ahead. However, at some point in the future it may undergo minor or major changes to allow for further development and generational change.

Course aims and objectives


The main aim of the course is to increase the participants' knowledge of development issues and work within a multidisciplinary context.


The immediate objectives of the course are:

  • to describe the political as well as the private and public institutional frameworks for development assistance and to introduce the objectives of aid, the background to these objectives and the pre-conditions for their implementation

  • to acquaint participants with concepts like 'project cycle' and 'sector programme' and with different approaches such as 'blueprint', 'process' and 'participation'.

  • to provide opportunities for students to carry out in-depth studies of selected topics, i.e. by preparing and presenting papers and by reviewing papers presented by fellow students.

Who can attend?

The course is intended for students with a clearly documented interest in development work. Applicants must be enrolled at a Danish university or other recognised institution or be studying in Denmark under an exchange programme. Students with a bachelor degree will be given priority.

Course format

A brief description of the spring 2014 course can be downloaded here (choose desired language):

A detailed course plan for the spring 2014 course is now available here.

How to apply

Application for admission to the (spring semester) course is done via our online application form.

Deadline for applictions is 15 November preceding the year of entry.

Contact information

General questions:

Postal address:

  • Ivy Kirkelund, Course Administrator
    AU Studier - Uddannelseskvalitet og studienævnsbetjening (SNUK), AR
    Aarhus University
    Tåsingegade 3
    Building 1442, room 217
    DK-8000 Aarhus C

Further details on exam & registration:

  • Ivy Kirkelund, Course Secretary
    tel: +45 8715 3626

    AU Studier - Uddannelseskvalitet og studienævnsbetjening (SNUK), AR
    Aarhus University
    Tåsingegade 3
    Building 1442, room 217
    DK-8000 Aarhus C

Detailed course plan 2014 - The 2014-course is ready for download here.

AULA course website

Please check our Spring 2013 AULA course website for  information on the latest course. The Spring 2014 AULA course website will be available here in the late fall 2013. AULA is Aarhus University's e-learning platform.

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