Elective course Globalisation & Sustainable Development

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 2022-2023 can be found below.

2022 - Organising hope: (re)connecting globalchallenges and local approaches

From various disciplines, we will reflect on how societies can carbonise, decolonise, and democratise for a sustainable future.






Social and circular entrepreneurship: The commons as an alternative business model for sustainability

Prof. dr. Ingrid Molderez (KU Leuven) &
Prof. dr. Kamana Beamer (University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa)


Development of high-quality physical therapy practices and rehabilitation in Nepal. A challenge for both male and female

Prof. dr. Ranjeeta Acharya ( Dhulikhel Hospital,Kathmandu) & Prof. dr. Eugene Rameckers (UHasselt)



Prof. dr. Antoine Amarilli (Télécom Paris engineering school) &
Prof. dr. Tristan McCowan (University College London)


Standardised interventions in local contexts: case studies in global health research and practice

Prof. dr. Koen Peeters (Institute of Tropical Medicine
Antwerp) &
Fatou Jaiteh (Scientific Officer at Medical Research Council, The Gambia Unit) &
Thuan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam)


No class


Decolonisation of heritage: UNSETTLED MEMORIES TURNED TO STONE

Prof. dr. Nikolaas Vande Keere (UHasselt) &
Arlette-Louise Ndakoze (independent researcher-journalist)


Medusa's Hope

Chido Govera (Zimbabwean social entrepreneur) &
Koen Vanmechelen (Labiomista)


World Evening


Wicked Problem Plaza

Sara Schaeken (International Office)
Liesbeth Oeyen (International Office)
Laurien Stuvers (International Office)


When Human Rights Are Violated - Examples of Connecting the Local and the Global

Dr. Charline Daelman (amfori - Trade with Purpose) &
Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera (Ghent University)

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).