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The interdisciplinary course Globalisation and Sustainable Development (formerly North-South), consists of a series of lectures and debates by (international) experts on contemporary topics in a variety of domains. These topics are approached from a global relations perspective and focus on 3 concepts: globalisation, sustainability and development.

The lectures make attendants 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. In an ever globalising world, these are important social but also employability skills.


The globalized world has been hit by a global pandemic, where the interdependence between North and South and East and West is immediately apparent. It is difficult to speak of national borders when a virus emerges in China and spreads around the world. Not only the spread of the virus exposes globalization, but also the shortage of mouth masks, components for medicines produced from other countries, the world economy plummeting, the adoption of good or bad practices from other countries affected by COVID-19, research regarding the virus,… There are many examples to cite, one thing is clear: globalization has created a mutual dependence between countries. It is still unclear what the future will bring.

This course is an elective course open for all students. Also external people can join the sessions, free of charge.

 All lectures take place at UHasselt Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan, Building D, from 5 - 7 PM.


Introduction on globalization, sustainability & development

Prof. Wim Lambrechts (UHasselt, coordinator course Globalization & Sustainable development)



Symposium on globalization in relation to Covid-19 pandemic

Prof. David Criekemans (Associate Professor in International Relations at UAntwerp)


  From micro to macro: re-globalization and production networks in response to Covid-19

Prof. Glenn Magerman (Assistant professor of Economics at ULB)



Global Health Policy

dr.med. Herman Kuppers (UHasselt, Founder of Bodhi project)



Universal Health Coverage & International cooperation

Felipe Sere (Development & Funding Department Manager at Memisa)



Spatial planning and Covid-19


Co-existing with Covid-19 in Tanzania: The Architecture and Urban Planning Perspective

Dr. Daniel Mbisso (Ardhi University, Department of Architecture)



Planning with Covid-19 in Flanders: who still wants to live in compact cities?

Prof. Oswald Devisch (UHasselt, Faculty of Architecture & Arts)



No class (autumn break)



Forecasting of Covid-19 - Healthcare workers’ knowledge & e-learning


A Survey for Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa: Healthcare workers’ knowledge and perceptions of Covid-19 and its impact of health care systems in South Africa

Prof. Khangelani Zuma (Executive Director at Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa)


Real time forecasting of Covid-19 cases and deaths in South Africa: a data driven approach

Dr. Tarylee Reddy (South African Medical Research Council -Biostatistics Unit)


Lockdown = E-learning: the concepts & ideas behind the >eR-BioStat platform

Prof. Ziv Shkedy (UHasselt, Faculty of Sciences (Statistics))



No class (world evening - details pending)



Ensuring effective human rights protection during global pandemics

Prof. Stijn Smet (UHasselt, Faculty of Law) & Wies De Graeve (Director Amnesty International Belgium)



Wicked problem plaza

This workshop can only be attended by UHasselt students that take this GSD course for credits (mandatory)



The impact of the Covid-19-pandemic on the wellbeing of refugees and migrants

Prof. Ilse Derluyn (UGent, coordinator at Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS))



Structure & language

The course consists of interactive lectures and workshops by guest speakers specialized in different areas of study. Every lecture will foresee the possibility of interaction between the speaker and the audience. UHasselt  students are expected to submit a question on the topic prior to each lecture, based on articles on Blackboard. 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, free of charge.



  • Attendance at all lectures is required.
  • Participation in the discussions during the lectures is encouraged and is supported by the mandatory submission of a question on the topic, prior to the lecture.
  • The exam consists of a written exam on the sessions and a reader provided in Blackboard, in combination with a reflection assignment. 

 This course has started.


If you still want to participate in one or more sessions, please e-mail Sara Schaeken.


Academic coordination

Prof. dr. Patrizia Zanoni
Prof. dr. Wim Lambrechts

Administrative coordination

Sara Schaeken (content)
Brigitta Bijloos (practicalities)