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.

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

STAND’s annual Global Issues runs each Spring for one evening a week, online, for six weeks. 

We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. The course costs just €25 thanks to the support of Irish Aid. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from STAND. Participants must have attended at least 75% of sessions in order to receive their Certificate of Completion.

We host workshop-style sessions, with lots of interactive discussions, debates, and group work! Our Global Issues course cover the following:

Introduction to Development

This session allows participants to explore a range of definitions and perspectives on development; become familiar with key concepts such as poverty, inequality and sustainability; develop an understanding of the root causes, consequences and solutions of global poverty and inequality, and explore the purpose and rationale of the Sustainable Development Goals.


In this session, participants will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of different types of migration; develop an understanding of the reasons for migration; explore migration policies on a local and global level and the implications for immigrants, and explore opportunities for taking collective action.

International Trade & Livelihoods

This session provides participants the chance to develop an understanding of how they are connected to people throughout the world by global value-chains, explore the challenges and opportunities presented through the trade system for earning a livelihood, explore the structures of the international trade system, and identify the interconnections between trade and other development topics.

Global Health

This session allows participants to develop an understanding of universal health coverage as a human right; develop an understanding of key players in global health governance; identify the local-global links in the area of global health, and explore opportunities for taking action.


In this session, participants gain an understanding of the concept of environmental sustainability; explore the concept of justice in the allocation of the world’s resources; identify the causes and effects of climate change at a local and global level, and explore opportunities for taking action.

What’s next?

For this final session, we provide the space for participants to reflect on the topics covered in the course; explore how the course has challenged them; consider what they might do next as a result of participating on the course, and identify networks within which they have power to influence positive change on global justice issues.

Spring 2022 Global Issues Courses

 Applications are now closed for the Spring 2022 Global Issues Courses.