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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.


In the fall of 2021, this elective course will cover the topic "Imagining (a) post-pandemic future(s)". From various disciplines, we will reflect on globalization from the current COVID-19 pandemic and the possible futures. The emphasis is on the global dimension, where globalization and the 'South' is central.

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

Depending on the lecturer, lectures will take place in Auditorium A102 (Campus Diepenbeke), or via the online Blackboard platform.


Introduction on globalization, sustainability & development

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



The world in the wake of a global pandemic: a geopolitical perspective

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



The impact of Covid-19 on poverty and food security: global perspectives and lessons from China

Mr. Matteo Marchisio (IFAD) and Dr. Jieying Bi (China Academy of Agricultural Sciences)

Online via Blackboard


Vaccination questions: from ethics to supply chain management

Prof. Wim Pinxten (UHasselt), Kim De Boeck (KU Leuven), Stany Banzimana (University of Rwanda) Online via Blackboard

Part 1: Ethical issues in vaccination: from development to fair distribution

Prof. dr. Wim Pinxten   

Part 2: Reaching the last mile: how to spread vaccines to remote areas in the world

 Kim De Boeck (KU Leuven), Stany Banzimana (University of Rwanda)



No class (autumn break)




No class (Armistice)



Re-thinking the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic

Prof. Patrizia Zanoni (UHasselt), Ms. Florencia Caro Sachetti (Social Protection Program, CIPPEC) Online via Blackboard

Part 1: "Essential jobs" and global inequalities

Prof. Patrizia Zanoni (UHasselt)


Part 2: Caring for those who care? The rights and the needs of migrant care and domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ms. Florencia Caro Sachetti (Social Protection Program, CIPPEC)

 25/11/2021 Reverse innovation: lessons learned from community health worker programs in Low-and-Middle income countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium  Dr. Caroline Masquillier (UAntwerpen)  A102


Wicked Problem Plaza Workshop

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




Imagining post-pandemic future(s) of education

Prof. Noah Sobe (UNESCO), Prof. Wim Lambrechts (UHasselt and OU), Drs. Jessica Klaver (Open Universiteit)

Online via Blackboard


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.
  • Evaluation consists of a paper about topics related to the sessions
    and a reader provided in Blackboard, in combination
    with a reflection assignment.

Academic coordination

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

Administrative coordination

Sara Schaeken (content)
Brigitta Bijloos (practicalities)