2023-2024 / SOCI0112-1

Populations, families and health in the South (Africa)


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)6 crédits 
 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Céline Deville, Marc Poncelet, N'koué Emmanuel Sambieni, Joséphine Wouango

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

First part

  • Basics of the anthropology of kinship
  • Basics  in the field of Population and Development
  • Key concepts of "gender and developement" historical approoach
  • Key notions in African contemporary populations studies
Second part (Mrs Wouango)

  • E. Todd's theories on family structures, political ideologies and economic development
  • Children and young people in the developing African societies. Focus on children's rights issue.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Knowledge of the main concepts and theories of the anthropology of kinship (filiation/marriage)
  • Knowledge and the ability to critically discuss theories of modernisation and the theory of demographic transition
  • Introductory knowledge of the problems of family and gender in developing countries
  • Discovering researches in children's rights/family law in Africa

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course assumes students have read the book by C. Ghasarian, Introduction à l'étude de la parenté. Le Seuil, coll. Point, 1996, Paris. This anthropological piece of work is the educational material for the first part but should be considered as reading to be carried out beforehand.
During the second part of the course, students will be asked to read the texts form the portfolio (to be purchased). Readings will also be uploaded online.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

  • Direct teaching (presentations, film, lectures) in a group which rarely exceeds 20 students.
30 hours of theory given in the first term. Friday mornings from 8:00 to 9:30 at the seminar room WEBER, Building 31, Sart-Tilman.

Recommended or required readings

  • C. Ghasarian, Introduction à l'étude de la parenté. Le Seuil, coll. Point, 1996, Paris. To be purchased.
  • Annual reading portfolio to be purchased/articles to upload

Session (January-September) individual oral examination

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

It is advised to purchase the book of C. Ghasarian mentioned above and to start reading it before the beginning of the course.


Lecturer : Marc Poncelet Tel.: 04 366 30 74 Marc.Poncelet@ulg.ac.be

Assistant: Justine Contor
Secretary : secretariat.fass@uliege.be

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