Debating Development

Course Code :9009UAOOUD
Study domain:
Academic year:2018-2019
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Gert Van Hecken
Janus Verrelst
Mollie Gleiberman
Sarah Vancluysen
Ivan Ashaba

3. Course contents *

This annual series of eight debates has the intention to expose students and the interested public to contemporary development topics. We offer a platform for reflection on current topics in the field of development to a broad public. Each topic is introduced on the basis of a presentation by a renowned speaker. A discussant sets the stage for further debate. Our guest speakers come from international institutes, civil society and academia. Most of the discussions will be moderated by the academic staff of the University of Antwerp.

Students are not expected to be debaters themselves. They are actually the spectators of the debates, but there is room for questions and critical remarks at the end of each session. The focus of the course is on the academic content, not on debating skills.

As we put a strong emphasis on the academic content, we aim at a nuanced approach to the topics.

Every year we select a different central theme. The previous years we covered natural resources, democracy, urban development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme 2018

During the academic year 2018-19 we work on climate and development. The programme is still under construction, but we can already reveal that the series will be opened by climate expert Aviel Verbruggen (UAntwerpen), followed by three debates on the impact of climate change (we selected natural disasters, migration and food security) and four sessions on climate action (we selected the role of governments, companies, research and citizens).

Our debates are scheduled for every Tuesday from 9 October to 27 November 2018. From 7 to 9 pm, City Campus, University of Antwerp.

More updates will follow.

Join the debate on social media

Enter the debates online by using #debdev on Twitter or on Facebook.

Get involved in student participation for development

The University Foundation for Development Cooperation (USOS) offers a wide range of on-campus activities on development. Go to and join us.