STAND Global Issues is a part-time evening course running in the Spring and Autumn that focuses on the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection.

Applications are open for Autumn 2022. Learn more below.

We all want to live in a fairer and more just society, but when the world’s eight richest people control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the world’s population, it can be hard to know where to start to tackle inequality. These interactive evenings will deepen your understanding of issues related to development and globalisation, introduce you to like-minded, passionate peers, and ultimately help you understand yourself and your role in bringing about change.

STAND Global Issues Courses

 

Our STAND Global Issues courses run twice a year, in Autumn and Spring. We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. 

Our Autumn short courses consist of three, 2-hour weekly sessions. Thanks to financial support from Irish Aid, we can offer our short courses at subsidised rate of just €10. Places are limited to 30 per course and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon completion of the Global Issues Autumn Course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from STAND.

Our sessions are workshop-style, and include lots of interactive discussions, debates and group work – so we invite participants to show up fully and be ready to engage!

This year we have two short course options on offer: 

  1. Development, Dignity & Rights: Our Place in the World; and
  2. Trade or Aid?: Innovation, Trade Justice & the Future of Africa

Course Option 1:

Development, Dignity & Rights: Our Place in the World

 

Human development – or the human development approach – is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. This short course explores ideas around human development, human rights and human dignity – and encourages participants to reflect on our own place in the world as global citizens. 

Week 1: Human Development (2 hours)

Thirty years ago, a new way to conceive and measure progress was created. Instead of using growth in GDP as the sole measure of development, the world’s countries were ranked by their human development: by whether people in each country have the freedom and opportunity to live the lives they value. Human development – or the human development approach – is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach that is focused on people and their opportunities and choices.

At the end of the workshop, students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the concept of human development
  • Have an introduction to the Human Development Index
  • Have developed their critical thinking and analysis skills
Week 2: Human Rights (2 hours)

The concept of human rights challenges the idea that rights can only be granted by the State or acquired by agreement; human rights are innate in every human person irrespective of the will of states or any contractual obligation. The language used in human rights treaties and declarations is that such rights are inherent in every individual by virtue of Birth. Development and human rights impact on one another. Real human development is the platform upon which all may enjoy human rights and, in this sense, human rights and development are one and the same thing.

At the end of the workshop students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the concept of human rights
  • Have an understanding of some of the basic terminology used in human rights frameworks
  • Have further developed their critical thinking and analysis skills
Week 3: Human Dignity & Where To From Here (2 hours)

Human rights and human development both seek to ensure the freedom, well-being and dignity of all people everywhere. Participation in development promotes the dignity and self-worth of individuals – expanding their capabilities to achieve things they value. Dignity is about self and that belongs with it/to it. At its most basic, the concept of human dignity is the belief that all people hold a special value that’s tied solely to their humanity. It has nothing to do with their class, race, gender, religion, abilities, or any other factor other than them being human.

At the end of the workshop students will:

  • Have further developed their critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Have furthered explored the human face behind the concepts, where the links are, why these concepts and frameworks exist
  • Have reflected upon and consolidated their own personal learnings, and identify next actions to take

 

 

 

Course Option 2:

Trade or Aid? Innovation, Trade Justice and the Future of Africa

 

 

This course seeks to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and learn the fundamentals of trade justice, global citizenship and the role of value chains in combatting global inequality. It will explore and consider global value chains and trade systems tackling women’s rights and human rights, the protection and rejuvenation of our natural places and the sustainable production and consumption of our everyday goods like coffee, tea and cocoa. 

By the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of the concept of global citizenship, trade justice, and the impact of value chains on people and planet in the context of Africa, and the importance of women rights and equality for all. 

This course is delivered in partnership with Proudly Made in Africa

Week 1: Introduction to Global Citizenship and Trade Justice (2 hours)

This session will examine the rapid progress achieved in human development over the past hundred years through trade, aid, science and innovation – spotlighting advances made in healthcare, nutrition, education, human rights, water and sanitation – while exploring the challenges to be faced in the remainder of this century. 

Not all regions and not all people on our planet have benefitted fairly and equitably from international trade, modern innovation or globalisation. Through these sessions a focus will be placed on exploring the unequal challenges women and girls on our planet face while also looking at the unique context of Africa and its people.

Topics explored will include: population growth, indicators of human development, sustainable development goals, trade justice, global citizenship, conscious production and consumption and climate change.

Week 2: Reimagining our Global Trade Systems for People & Planet (2 hours)

On a planet of eight billion people capable of producing enough food to feed ten, why does our global trade systems leave billions in extreme poverty, hardship and hunger and so much of our natural world damaged, destroyed and under threat?  

Through this session we will analyse the African value chains behind the everyday goods we all consume – including tea, coffee and cocoa – and calculate their true cost on local communities, families and the natural world. 

We will attempt to understand how these chains can be redesigned, visiting the innovators, disruptors and social entrepreneurs working for the benefit of all stakeholders including mother nature and making business a force for good.

Topics explored will include: sustainable consumption and production, the power of women farmers, female entrepreneurship in Africa, the global coffee industry, shared value, stakeholder engagement, responsible business and trade, regenerative farming, habitat protection and climate change.

Week 3: Women, Innovation and Future Africa (2 hours)

For too long Africa’s story has been told by outsiders and the focus has been on the poorest half of society and the problems the continent faces. Entrepreneurship in Africa, emerging technologies and leapfrogging innovations have too often been overlooked or ignored. 

At the same time within the economic and power systems of the continent, women have been denied equal access to markets, knowledge and finance producing and earning much less than their male counterparts.  

In this session we’ll explore how Africa is leapfrogging ahead in key future focused industries and leading technologies and how women are playing a pivotal role in the wave of prosperity and development taking place across the continent.

Topics explored will include: mobile payments and apps in Africa, entrepreneurship on the continent, rural development in Africa, renewable energy, delivery drones, blockchain in Africa, the global goals and future solutions from Africa.

Course 1 (Mondays): Development, Dignity & Rights:
Our Place in the World
Starting: Monday, 10th October, 7pm – 9pm
Session dates: 10th Oct, 17th Oct, 4th Oct

Course 2 (Tuesdays): Development, Dignity & Rights:
Our Place in the World
Starting: Tuesday, 25th October, 7-9pm
Session dates: 25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov

Course 3 (Wednesdays): Trade or Aid? Innovation, Trade Justice
& the Future of Africa
Starting: Wednesday, 2nd November, 7 – 9pm
Session dates: 2nd Nov, 9th Nov, 16th Nov

Course 4 (Mondays): Development, Dignity & Rights:
Our Place in the World
Starting: Monday, 7th November, 7 – 9pm
Session dates: 7th Nov, 14th Nov, 21st Nov

NEW!!!
Course 5 (Mondays): Trade or Aid? Innovation, Trade Justice
& the Future of Africa
Starting: Monday, 14th November, 7 – 9pm
Session dates: 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov

Hear From One of STAND’s 2022 Global Issues Ambassadors