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COURSE NORTH-SOUTH (1955): 2018 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES - THE WICKED COMPLEXITY?


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.

 


Academic coordination

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

Administrative coordination

Sofie Ignoul

More information will be announced soon.

 

Thursday 22 February 2018: 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 entrepreneur’ 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 1 March 2018: Women and children’s health in the Sustainable Development Goals by 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 by Jonathon Passmore (Technical Lead Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region, Phillipines)

 

Thursday 15 March 2018: Workshop Wicked Problem Plaza: E-waste

 

Thursday 22 March 2018: Addressing tax avoidance in international transactions: A South African perspective on beneficial ownership by Enelia Jansen van Rensburg (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, South-Africa)

 

Thursday 29 March 2018: AgriFood Systems for the future by Bram Govaerts (Strategic Lead Cymmit, Mexico),

 

Structure & language

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

 

Target group

  • AUHL students:
    - Hasselt University: Students in their third bachelor year and master students can register for the course (1955) with the approval of their faculty.
    - PXL: Students can register for the course with the approval of 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 is 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.

 

Contact: 
Sofie Ignoul

You will have to register for each session seperately. 

 

 


 UHasselt students

(My academic file/register for .../Course NORTH-SOUTH (1955): European Year of Development)

 

 


 UHasselt Staff members

 

 
 

Others

 

More information on the course North-South in a nutshell? Watch the video below:

 

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