2023-2024 / SOCI1240-3

North-South: imperialism, development, globalisation - a history

Theory course

Additional lectures


Theory course : 30h Th
Additional lectures :

Number of credits

 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Theory course : Marc Poncelet
Additional lectures :

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

Theory course

First part

  • Presentation of the historical dimension of the North-South relationship: colonial interventions and the birth of the notion of development.
  • Putting concepts of development, underdevelopment and co-operation towards development into perspective, using theoretical principles of development and the relevant political and institutional contexts.
  • In conclusion, the following question will be addressed: How can current paradigms of international co-operation be situated and understood?
Second part
  • The socio-anthropology of contemporary interventions in developing countries through international aid and co-operation policies and interventions of development and partnership institutions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Theory course

  • Knowledge of the evolution of main theories of development, international co-operation and North-South relationships.
  • Acquisition of a capacity for historical, comparative and critical analysis of speeches, ideologies and methods used by co-operation institutions and development programmes.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Theory course

An interest in the problems of development in the South. The course was originally designed in the context of a DES.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theory course


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

Theory course

Direct teaching: presentations, interventions by researchers.

Recommended or required readings

Theory course

  • First part: a reading portfolio will be distributed at the beginning of the course
  • Second part: Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Anthropologie et développement. Karthala Editions, Paris, 2003.
  • Third part : Reading textbook portolio (PULg)

Theory course

  • First session: individual oral exam or on line exam (Covid)
  • Second session: Individual oral exam or on line exam (Covid)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Theory course

Students will be systematically invited to take part in conferences, seminars etc organised in the department or in relation to University co-operation activities.


Theory course

Lecturer : Prof. Marc Poncelet Tel.: 04 366 30 74 Marc.Poncelet@ulg.ac.be
Assistant: Noémie Lambert n.lambert@uliege.be
Secretary : Marina Salerno Tel.: 04 366 31 61 Marina.Salerno@ulg.ac.be

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