2017-2018 / SOCI0073-3

Seminar on current issues in international cooperation


30h Th

Number of credits

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


Gautier Pirotte, Frédéric Thomas



Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will get into different topics of contemporary development cooperation and humanitarian aid. 
Part 1: New Actors and New Strategies of the international Assistance. This part particularly deals with: the South-South Co-operation; the Sustainable Development Goals and the climatic justice; the new trends of the financing of the development; the bilateral and regional agreements of trade and investment (APE in the TTIP including the agreements of regional integration.
Part 2 - The Speeches of the International Co-operation. This part deals with an analysis of some international co-operation' buzzwords (participation, ownership, empowerment...)
Part 3 - Stakes and mechanism of the humanitarian aid. This last part approaches various aspects of the humanitarian aid (history, architecture, ways of intervention and financing, tools, mechanism of action...). We shall also study some structural stakes in the contemporary humanitarian aid : mediatization, relations with the local States, the efficiency and the legitimacy of aid....

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Thorough knowledge of the current stakes in the development aid and in the modalities of humanitarian intervention.
The student must also be able to develop a critical reading of the international co-operation's buzzwords: participation, ownership, capacity building, etc.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is running on from the course "Sociology of international cooperation". An elementary knowledge of the actors and stakes of the international co-operation is essential.
A minimal skill in English is needed.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex-cathedra training and discussions.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

No Syllabus.
Powerpoint files + complementary readings progressively distributed at each lesson.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Gautier PIROTTE, Professeur 
Phone : 04/366.27.80 Fax : 04/366.47.51
E-mail : Gautier.Pirotte@ulg.ac.be
Arnaud ZACHARIE, maître de conférences
E-mail : arnaud.zacharie@cncd.be
Frédéric THOMAS, maître de conférences
Phone : 32-(0)10/48.95.61
E-mail : Thomas@cetri.be
Secrétariat Faculty of Social Sciences:
Nathalie Pulgar
Phone : 04/366.36.18
E-mail : npulgar@ulg.ac.be