Elective course Globalisation & Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals: towards resilient and equitable communities?

The interdisciplinary course Globalisation and Sustainable Development 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.

This optional course is part of the Global Minds Programme of Hasselt University in which several sensitisation events provide an opportunity for critical thinking about development cooperation. Also, there is a strong focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The emphasis is on the global dimension, where globalization and the 'South' is central.

The lectures are open to all students and anyone who is interested. The programme for academic year 2023-2024 can be found below.

In the fall of 2023, this elective course will cover the topic " The Sustainable Development Goals: towards resilient and equitable communities?".

From various disciplines we will reflect on this topic.





Room (Campus Diepenbeek), 5 PM - 7 PM


Introduction to Globalization & Sustainable Development

Prof. dr. Wim Lambrechts (UHasselt)



Illuminating social entrepreneurship and intersectional pathways (pdf, 160 KB)

Prof. dr. Edwina Pio (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) & Prof. dr. Wim Lambrechts (UHasselt)



No class (fall break)


Envisioning socially inclusive potential futures (pdf, 86 KB)

Prof. dr Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (Namibia University of Science & Technology) & Prof. dr Liesbeth Huybrechts (UHasselt)



Sustainable (Higher) Education

Prof. dr. Noah Sobe (Loyola University Chicago) & dr. Aravella Zachariou (Cyprus Pedagogical Institute)



Transformative litigation amidst the climate crisis (pdf, 83 KB)

Prof. dr. Matteo Fermeglia (Assistant Professor of Climate Law and Governance, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam) & Prof. dr. Melanie Jean Murcott (Associate Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Law, University of Cape Town)



Sustainable Energy Solutions in Sub-Sahara Africa (pdf, 1.8 MB)

PART 1: Students for Energy in Africa - a multidisciplinary approach to tackle Energy-issues in Sub-Sahara Africa (pdf, 1.8 MB)

PART 2: Solar cookers for all - a collaboration between the university of Lubumbashi, Congo and UHasselt (pdf, 1.8 MB)

Prof. dr. Wim Deferme (UHasselt)

Prof. dr. Luc Bijnens (UHasselt)

Prof. dr. Bonaventure Banza (Université de Lubumbashi)

Dr. Eddie Bilitu (Université de Lubumbashi)



Wicked Problem Plaza - This workshop can only be attended by UHasselt students who take the GSD course for credits. Presence is mandatory.

International Office (UHasselt)

A5, A6, A7

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 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.
  • see study guide


  • For UHasselt students: Registrations for 2022-2023 are open in your UHasselt student curriculum!
  • For other participants: Registration is mandatory. You can register via this form (https://forms.gle/54UUS49x85RrLU479).