STAND Global Issues is a part-time evening course 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, for six weeks. Our mini-courses will run in the Autumn for students on IT campuses. To learn more about our mini-courses continue reading. 

We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. The course costs just €25, and our mini-courses cost €10 thanks to the support of Irish Aid. Places are limited to 30 per course and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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.

Migration

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 care 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.

Environment

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.

Global Issues Mini-Course

‘Development, Dignity and Rights: Our Place in the World’

In addition to the Global Issues courses running in the Spring, STAND also offers Global Issues mini-courses in the Autumn. The mini-courses are shorter, comprising four online evening sessions over four weeks. We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. The mini-course costs just €10 thanks to the support of Irish Aid. Places are limited to 30 per course and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Upon completion of the mini-course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from STAND. Participants must have attended at least three out of the four sessions in order to receive their Certificate of Completion. 

Our sessions are workshop-style and include plenty of interactive discussions, debates and group work. This year our Global Issues mini-course will cover the following: 

Week 1: Human Development

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 2 hour workshop students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the concept of human development
  • Have been introduced to the Human Development Index
  • Further developed their critical thinking and analysis skills
Week 2: Human Rights

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 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 2 hour 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
  • Further develop their critical thinking and analysis skills
Week 3: Human Dignity

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 2 hour workshop students will:

  • Further developed their critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Have focused on the role of the individual
  • Explored the human face behind the concepts, where the links are, and why these concepts and frameworks exist
Week 4: Where to from here?

In this final session, participants are invited to reflect on and consolidate their learning. How has the course built on their previous knowledge, or changed their thinking on certain issues?  How or where have they felt uncomfortable in this process? At the core of this session is an invitation to explore what we know, how do we know it, and what can we do to expand the perspectives we might encounter.

At the end of the 1 hour workshop students will:

  • Have reflected on their learning
  • Assessed their knowledge for any potential biases
  • Have considered next actions to be taken

BOOK YOUR SPOT

The STAND Global Issues mini-course will be offered to students on the following campuses: National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT), Technological University Shannon (TUS), Waterford IT (WIT), IT Carlow (ITC).  Students from other campuses are also welcome to apply if space is available. 

  • (COURSE FULL – JOIN WAITING LIST) NCAD and DkIT: Commencing Monday 18th October for 4 weeks
  • GMIT: Commencing Tuesday 26th October for 4 weeks
  • TUS: Commencing Wednesday 3rd November for 4 weeks
  • WIT: Commencing Thursday 4th November for 4 weeks
  • IT Carlow: Commencing Monday 15th November for 4 weeks