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Study programmes 2013-2014Last update : 25/04/2014
SPOL2310-1  North-South business relations (development)

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en administration publique, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en administration publique, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en politiques européennes, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en politiques européennes, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en relations internationales, 1st year5
Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en relations internationales, 2nd year5
Master en sciences politiques, à finalité spécialisée en science, technologie et société, 1st year5
Lecturer :  Eric Toussaint
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
1. To understand North/South relations on a global scale today, the course will start with a quick historical and economic analysis of the evolution of the relations between the North and the South from the 15th century until World War II.
2. The political issues of intervention by the World Bank (and the International Monetary Fund) from 1945 to present as well as the role played by debt will then be scrutinised. In this context, the intervention of the World Bank and the IMF at the time of independence of African and Asian States in particular will be studied, as well as the rise to power of the third world in particular in the UN framework. The debt crisis of the 1980s and the generalisation of the policies of structural adjustment in the years that followed will be considered.
3. Time allowing, we will analyse the evolution of the anti-globalisation movement from the North/South perspective by focusing in particular on the international network of the Committee for the Abolition of Third Word Debt (the CADTM).
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Give students an opportunity to analyse the political issues of the intervention of international institutions.
Involve students in creating a research strategy by choosing a work topic linked to the content of the course.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Basic knowledge of international history from the 15th century to the present day as well as of the following international organisations: United Nations, World Bank and the International Monetary Funds.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
The students will be asked to do research and present the results during the last part of the course.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Recommended or required readings :  
Damien Millet et Eric Toussaint, 65 Questions/65 Réponses sur la dette, le FMI et la Banque mondiale, 2001. Téléchargeable : http://cadtm.org/65-questions-65-reponses-sur-la,8331
Eric Toussaint, Enjeux politiques de l'action de la Banque internationale pour la Reconstruction et le Développement et du Fonds monétaire international envers le tiers-monde, thèse de doctorat en Sciences politiques, Université de Liège et Université de Paris 8, année académique 2003-2004, 354 p. Téléchargeable : http://cadtm.org/Enjeux-politiques-de-l-action-de
Eric Toussaint, Damien Millet, Daniel Munevar, Les chiffres de la dette 2012, Téléchargeable : http://cadtm.org/Les-Chiffres-de-la-dette-2012
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Assessment on the basis of critical understanding of the course, the oral presentation of a piece of work and demonstration of an understanding of the subject through an oral exam.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
The course will be given on three Saturdays: March 15 and 29 and April 26, 2014.
This course is designed for students motivated by the subject matter.
Contacts :  
Eric Toussaint 345 Avenue de l'Observatoire 4000 Liège eric.toussaint4@gmail.com


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