2023-2024 / SOCI2243-1

International co-operation sociology


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (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 public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)5 crédits 
 Master in education (120 ECTS)6 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 course on the sociology of international cooperation deals with the international aid industry, its actors, policies and main issues from its colonial roots to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

A diachronic approach allows the student to become progressively familiar with the field of international cooperation by distinguishing by period the debates, concepts, framework of dominant thoughts while insisting on the ruptures and continuities between these various periods. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

- define the different issues that animate and have animated the international aid industry from its origins to the present;

- identify the main actors, the main sectors of intervention and international aid policies, distinguishing their period of appearance;

- confront the different theoretical schools and public policies developed within the aid industry; 

- correctly map the contemporary aid industry. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teacher's presentations. 

Video support.

Written support (books). 

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

The course "Sociology of International Cooperation" is organised in freely choosen "co-modality".

This means that if the course is officially organised as a face-to-face course, students who would be unable to follow the course in person for health or professional reasons (cf. students of Masters in  Education Sciences mainly) can follow a remote course via the video clips and quizzes that are proposed here on this following platform:


Read this tutorial prior inscription : https://youtu.be/9GikGl1hWm4  


Students can therefore choose the pedagogical formula that corresponds to their learning context. However, the evaluation requirements remain the same. 

Recommended or required readings

Course support: 


PIROTTE Gautier,(2021),  Sociologie de la coopération internationale. Acteurs, enjeux et débats, DeBoeck, 272p.

+ Powerpoint files


PIROTTE Gautier (2021), La Fabrique de l'aide internationale, Presses Universitaires de Liège. 193p.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

Written examinations in the first and second sessions.

The precise arrangements for each session will be announced in due course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Gautier Pirotte


Phone  : 04/366.27.80


Association of one or more MOOCs