2018 Development Challenges- the Wicked Complexity?
The interdisciplinary course North‑South consists of a series of lectures and debates by experts on contemporary development topics in a variety of domains (e.g. education, law, international politics, architecture and planning, health, agriculture, economics and management, etc.). These topics are approached from a global relations perspective that emphasizes sustainability. The lectures make students aware of the importance of context, culture, history and experience in knowledge creation and (inter)national development strategies and practices. The course aims to provide a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary global issues while at once stimulating students’ (self-)reflective and respectful attitude towards other cultures.
This year, the course includes lectures and debates by selected experts who will introduce you to relevant development issues in different societal fields, with a focus on the “wickedness” of these challenges. By definition, “wicked challenges” are complex, multidisciplinary and seem unsolvable. The lectures will deal with development challenges ranging from a general introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, tackling women and children’s health in Africa, traffic safety in the South and tax policy. We will debate about sustainable agriculture and food chains with partners from North and South. To conclude, UHasselt students who will participate in the exam, are invited for a “wicked problem plaza”: an interdisciplinary workshop on e-waste, and how to “solve” this “wicked problem”.
This course is an elective course open to all students and interested people (free of charge).
More information on the course North-South in a nutshell? Watch this video!
Thursday 22 February 2018
The Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Vision for Local Future-Proof Action
Peter Wollaert (Managing Director CIFAL Flanders)
Thursday 1 March 2018
Women and children’s health in the Sustainable Development Goals
Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman (Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director Women’s Health, Aga Khan University of East Africa, Kenya) – to be confirmed
Thursday 8 March 2018
Road safety in low and middle income countries
Jonathon Passmore (Technical Lead Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region, Phillipines)
Wednesday 14 March 2018
World Evening (Cultural evening with appetizers and workshops from all over the world)
Separate online registration required @ www.uhasselt.be/Worldevening
Thursday 15 March 2018
Workshop Wicked Problem Plaza: E-waste
Lieselot Peeters, Sofie Ignoul. This workshop is only open for UHasselt students that will participate in the exam.
Thursday 22 March 2018
Addressing tax avoidance in international transactions: A South African perspective on beneficial ownership
Enelia Jansen van Rensburg (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, South-Africa)
Tuesday 27 March 2018
Session “Crafting self-reflective, academic papers and presentations”
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Zanoni
Thursday 29 March 2018
AgriFood Systems for the future
dr. Bram Govaerts (Strategic Lead Cymmit, Mexico),
followed by a panel discussion about “Sustainable food chains” with Jelle Goossens (Vredeseilanden) and representatives from North and South.