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COURSE NORTH-SOUTH (1955): 2017 TACKLING GLOBAL ISSUES: TOWARDS A NEW ERA OF THINKING AND ACTING?


2017, Tackling Global Issues: Towards a New Era of Thinking and Acting? 

The interdisciplinary course North South consists of a series of lectures by experts on contemporary development topics. These topics, in the framework of North-South relations, cover contemporary social phenomena in the South and the respective challenges to sustainable development in a variety of domains (e.g. education, law, international politics, health, agriculture, economics and management, etc.). It exposes students to a plurality of perspectives on local and global societal challenges at a time of unprecedented globalisation. It aims at providing a broader and deeper understanding of contemporary global issues and to develop students’ knowledge as well as a (self-) reflective and respectful perspective on other cultures.

This year, the course includes lectures by selected experts who will introduce you to relevant development issues in different societal fields. The lectures will deal with development challenges ranging from a general introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, tackling Vultures: solutions to the debt crisis in Argentina, the effects of climate change on water resource availability in Cuba, personalized medicine for infectious disease control in developing countries, linking relief rehabilitation and development in the shelter and housing sector in Somalia, and the access to social protection minimum floors as a tool to end early marriage in Mozambique.

This course is an elective course open to all students and interested people (free of charge).


Thursday 9 February 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Vision for Local Future-Proof Action

Peter Wollaert (Managing Director CIFAL Flanders)

Thursday 16 February 2017

Tackling the Vultures: solutions to the debt crisis

Jan Van De Poel (Policy officer on development finance, 11.11.11)

Thursday 23 February 2017

The effects of climate change on water resource availability in Cuba. Strategies for quality evaluation and assurance, in human consumption water reservoirs in eastern Cuba: A case study

Prof. Dr. Teresa De Los Milagros Orbera Raton (Universidad de Oriente, Cuba)

Thursday 2 March 2017

Personalized medicine for infectious disease control in developing countries

Prof. Dr. Annelies van Rie (University of Antwerp, Epidemiology for Global Health Institute)

Wednesday 8 March 2017

World Evening (Cultural evening with appetizers and workshops from all over the world)

Separate online registration required @ www.uhasselt.be/Worldevening

Thursday 9 March 2017

Linking relief rehabilitation and development in the shelter and housing sector in Somalia

Martijn Goddeeris (UNHCR Somalia, Kenya)

Thursday 16 March 2017

Access to social protection minimum floors as a tool to end early marriage in Mozambique

Dr. Farida Mamad (Human Rights Council, Mozambique)

Thursday 23 March 2017

Development cooperation and climate adaptation in the Global South

Symposium on Climate Change in collaboration with the City of Hasselt

(More details on information and separate registration available soon) 

 


Academic coordination

Prof. dr. Patrizia Zanoni
Prof. dr. Paul Janssen

Administrative coordination

Lieselot Peeters

More to be announced soon.

 

Thursday 9 February 2017: The Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Vision for Local Future-Proof Action by Peter Wollaert (Managing Director CIFAL Flanders)

At the end of September 2015, 70 years after the foundation of the United Nations, the 193 member states of the UN decided on a new and ambitious action plan for the world: 17 global ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (2016-2030), to bring about peace and justice, based on human rights, towards social equality, care for the environment, innovative industries, … . This lecture offers an introduction to these Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of this transition-agenda, but also the possible pitfalls.

This lecture will be given to you by Peter Wollaert, UNITAR Fellow and Managing Director CIFAL Flanders. Peter Wollaert (Ghent, °1968) calls himself a ‘serial social entrepeneur’ and has worked the past 20 years – based on a social business and stakeholder model – , to strengthen international development cooperation, sustainable development, social economy, social entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, and sustainable urban policy, in Flanders, on European level and in developing countries.

Thursday 16 February 2017: Vulture Funds by Jan Van De Poel (Policy officer on development finance, 11.11.11)

 

Thursday 23 February 2017

To be determined

 

Thursday 2 March 2017

To be determined

 

Wednesday 8 March 2017

World Evening (Cultural evening with appetizers and workshops from all over the world)
More info on www.uhasselt.be/Worldevening!

 

Thursday 9 March 2017

To be determined

 

Thursday 16 March 2017: Access to social protection minimum floors as a tool to end early marriage in Mozambique by Farida Mamad (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)

 

 

Structure and language
The course consists of interactive lectures by guest speakers specialised in different areas of study. Every lecture will foresee the possibility of interaction between the speaker and the audience. All lectures will be taught in English.

Time and location
All lectures will take place from 5 to 7pm (Room to be announced) - Hasselt University (campus Diepenbeek) Agoralaan (building D) 3590, Diepenbeek.

Target group

  • AUHL students:
    • Hasselt University: Students in their third bachelor year as well as master students can register for the course (1955) with the approval of their faculty
    • PXL: Students can subscribe for the course if it has been approved by their department
  • Others: The lectures are open to all interested people

Examination

  • Attendance at all lectures is required!
  • Participation in the discussions during the lectures are encouraged.
  • Students can choose between:
    • A 10-page essay concerning a topic which has been dealt with during the lectures. Students frame this topic within a broader perspective, adopt a critical stance in formulating their own opinion and make links to recent events on the topic.
    • Oral examination: students read a book from a given reading list and discuss 3 insights they gained from this book.

Exam instructions
Literature list

Contact: 

Lieselot Peeters

After each lecture, documents (presentation, articles) will be uploaded here.