||A number of international associations and agencies have described the context of this subject. This course aims at teaching to state specialised judgements on social changes, development and globalisation by drawing on different specialties in the social sciences, mostly sociology, but also anthropology, demography, economics, geography or political sciences. Students will be estimulated to work on their own and improve their communicative skills. The relevance of these three topics (social changes, development and globalisation) has been widely recognised in the context of contemporary social transformations, as well as their intimate connection with such sociological issues as inequalities and power. - The International Sociological Association includes the Research Committee on Social Transformations and Sociology of Development (ISA RC-09) strives to represent sociologists interested in the study of social transformations and development around the world, regardless of their theoretical persuasion, methodological approaches or ideological perspective (http://www. isa-sociology. org) - UNESCO runs the Programe on the Management of Social Transformations (MOST). It acknowledges that the "UNESCO mandate to promote social sciences is more relevant than ever because of the globalization of social issues and the increasing need for their global governance" (UNESCO 186 EX/10 document ( http://unesdoc. unesco. org) - The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty and the Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales collaborate in research on the social causes of poverty. In their view,he dominant global regime fails by and large in human-rights terms by perpetuating poverty and dependence and by bringing on new risks and vulnerabilities with whichthe poor are least able to cope: economic crises, for example, as well as environmental degradation, resource depletion, climate change, and extreme weather events. Yet, this regime 1 environmental degradation, resource depletion, climate change, and extreme weather events. Yet, this regime also includes some positive elements - such as the recognition of human rights, women's rights, equality and non-discrimination standards, labour rights and environmental protections - which were typically gained by activists from South and North in protracted struggles and now provide openings in many countries for the poor and disenfranchised to hold their governments to account and to protect their human rights. Building on these achievements, CROP will work for the prominent incorporation of the imperative of poverty avoidance into the design of the global institutional order. Such incorporation in turn requires a much fuller understanding of the nature, extent, depth, distribution, trends, causes and effects of poverty (CROP http://www. crop. org, CLACSO http://www. clacso. org. ar) - The Committee on Global Thought uses its research and programs to connect the social sciences with an increasingly global society through collaborative workshops, seminar courses and community events. The Committee on Global Thought recognizes that many of the world's problems, such as poverty, inequality and governance, fall increasingly in the spaces between academic disciplines (http://cgt. columbia. edu) - El Centro Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Demografía (CELADE) se guía por un claro objetivo: hacer un aporte al conocimiento de los diversos aspectos de los temas de población, que permita elaborar y aplicar políticas que apunten a lograr la igualdad y el respeto de los derechos humanos. Los problemas y desafíos de la adolescencia y juventud latinoamericanas;el envejecimiento de la población y la situación de las personas mayores; la desigualdad que afecta a los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes; las variadas dimensiones de la migración internacional en América Latina; la migración interna; la segregación residencial; la fecundidad adolescente y su presencia pertinaz en la región; la pobreza y la vulnerabilidad social son algunos de los temas abordados por la serie del CELADE (http://www. cepal. org).