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Land Governance for sustainable Land Use in Africa

Module Information
The Master-Module “Land Governance for Sustainable Land Use in Africa” (6CP) will start each winter semester at the faculty 09. It addresses master students as well as PhD students interested in the topic (explicit on-topic knowledge is not relevant for admission).


Governance has become a very important term in national and international discourse about many different policy issues. Land as a policy issue has various specifics which make land governance a topic of particular importance. Many conflicts in Africa break out as a cause of contrary interests related to land use.
Furthermore, recent crises are posing new challenges but have at the same time led to a re-appraisal of the opportunities  and constraints for agricultural production in environments of developing countries and to a greater recognition of the importance of adequate land policies and legislation.
The multi-dimensional nature of land issues opens up a great field of multidisciplinary research including:

  • Legal questions of property rights related to land,
  • Impacts of large scale land acquisitions,
  • Cultural aspects and gender relevance in issues of land use,
  • The impact of biofuels on food security,
  • and many other land related issues.

Any student of the Justus-Liebig University Gießen is heartily invited to attend this module in order to gain new experiences of e-learning techniques, interdiscplinary approaches and discussions as well as applied research topics in this particular field.

Module Content and Objectives

The module aims at imparting comprehensive knowledge on the basis of regional, national and international issues concerning Land Governance and Sustainable Land Use.

The topic is elaborated on the basis of three study units (Access to Land, Land Management and Challenges of Land Governance) along the following questions:

Module Content
  • What are the issues?
  • Who is affected?
  • How are the decisions taken and implemented?

The theoretical and practical basis of Land Governance and Land Use are analysed and discussed profoundly. The lectures are given by internal staff of JLU, Makerere University, Polytechnic of Namibia, North-West University, and Hawassa University.

The content related to specific practical issues will be provided through case studies partially presented by external referents and practitioners (e.g. from politics).

The recorded lectures provided for eLearning offer the students the possibility to get deeper into the topic and will be accompanied by practical exercises.