2023-2024 / SOCI0205-1

Globalisation and civil society : theory and players


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Certificate in teaching of philosophy and citizenship (not organised in 2022-2023)5 crédits 


Gautier Pirotte

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

The aim of this course is twofold:

  • Clarify the notions of 'globalisation' and 'civil society', popular but vague concepts
  • To address the debates raised by these concepts and, in so doing, certain interpretations of the evolution of contemporary societies in the North and South, East and West.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

- clarify the borders of these two popular but conceptually blurred notions 

- list the constituent elements of the dynamics of globalisation (on an economic, political, social or cultural level);

- trace the evolution of conceptions of civil society from antiquity to the present day;

- identify the main debates underway around the notions of globalisation and civil society; 

- To support a coherent and personal point of view on these elements of the debates. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The knowledge of English is an asset.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is structured around the following teaching activities.

1) Careful reading of the video clips.

Students watch a dozen 10-minute videos clarifying the concepts of globalisation and civil society and introducing the main debates on these issues. The content of these videos is discussed in class. The students are asked to identify the key points raised in the videos and the questions they raise.

2) Activity to prepare an essay

This essay should focus on a debate identified after watching the video clips. The subject and scientific references will be identified and selected by students with the help of the teacher. At regular intervals, students will report to the class on the progress of their work, thus stimulating class discussion.

3) Writing and oral presentation of the essay (during the assessment test)

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Part of the course content is delivered remotely in the form of video clips for flipped classroom learning. 

Part of the course content is delivered face-to-face in the form of seminars.

Recommended or required readings

Reference book:

Pirotte G, La notion de société civile, Paris, La Découverte, 2018, coll. "Repères" (2nd ed.)

Course note - Globalisation.

Course note - Civil society.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Course part: 60 points (continuous assessment)

  • Key points sessions (20 points)
    Virtual Flipchart and debates (20 points)
    Presentation of progress (20 points)
Essay section: 70 points

  • Form: style, layout and spelling (20 points)
    Substance: coherence of argument, capacity for analysis, conclusion and outlook (50 points)
Oral Part : 20 points

  • Presentation: ability to summarise, clarity. (10 points)
  • Argumentation: logic and relevance (10 points)

First session: personal work must be submitted by e-mail (Gautier.Pirotte@uliege.be ) no later than 12 noon on Thursday 4 January 2024.

Second session: in the event of failure in the first session, written work must be submitted by no later than 12 noon on Monday 19 August 2024 by e-mail (Gautier.Pirotte@uliege.be ).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Gautier Pirotte



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