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About the Centre 

The Centre of African Studies, established in 1984 at Copenhagen University, offers one of very few full-time two-year Masters in African Studies across the world. It includes taught courses, practical internship and/or field studies, and a research-based thesis. It is a fully internationalized degree run entirely in English, with students from across the globe. At the same time it is a key hub of research and networking within the Scandinavian, European and global African Studies environment.

Teaching
CAS offers a two-year Masters degree in African Studies and a one-year specialized Masters degree which is offered within the framework of the Open University system. Compulsory courses are taught on Nature, Population and Society in Africa; African Economics; Politics and Development in Africa; Religion, Culture and Society in Africa. Optional components are courses in Kiswahili, fieldwork or internship. Topical Seminars, which are optional, include courses on human rights, HIV/AIDS, conflicts and conflict resolution, development problems, Africa and the global Economy, genocide, Danish aid policy in Africa, religion and literature. 

Students
The annual intake of students is about 30 full-time Masters students, 10 Masters students under the Open University system, and about 150 students from other departments and universities as well as international exchange students taking individual courses at CAS. 

In order to facilitate student fieldwork and internship in Africa countries CAS has established a wide-ranging network of contacts with African universities, Danish development projects in Africa, Danish embassies in Africa and African and Danish NGOs working in Africa. 

Research seminars
CAS organises research seminars and regular Africa Seminars on research related topics or on current African affairs.

Research contacts
CAS has established formal cooperation with a number of European centres of African Studies through the AEGIS organisation. Besides, the Centre has close working relations with the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala and with a number of African universities such as Kampala University, University of Dar es Salaam, and the University of Jos.

The library
The CAS library holds more than 10,000 volumes on a wide range of topics related to Africa: politics, economics, history, anthropology, geography, development problems, religion, art and literature. Topics being taught regularly in CAS courses are particularly well represented in the library: development, conflicts and conflict resolution, human rights, HIV/AIDS. The library subscribes to about 50 international journals and has a large collection of international reports on Africa. Books published by African publishers feature prominently. The library also holds a fine collection of bibliographies and documentary material.

CAS Africa Papers
The Centre publishes a number of CAS Africa Papers on all aspects of African Studies. You can download them from the internet.