STAND Global Issues are part-time evening courses running in the Spring and Autumn that explore 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.

Spring Courses: Applications Now Open! 

Applications for our Spring Global Issues courses are now open! Our Spring courses are 6 weeks long, and take place online one evening per week for 2 hours. You’ll join a community of likeminded peers and expert facilitators to delve into and unpack some of the world’s biggest global issues – from migration to global health, trade to climate justice.   

We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. Upon completion of the Global Issues 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! 

Thanks to financial support from Irish Aid, we can offer our courses at subsidised rate of just €25*. Places are limited to 30 per course and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

*20% discounts available to Ideas Collective alumni, STAND News alumni, festival ambassadors, Autumn Course 22 alumni, STAND Soc members.

Topics Covered

Please note that some topics and new sessions may be added.

Introduction to Development & Global Citizenship

During this session you will explore a range of definitions of development and different perspectives on development; become familiar with key concepts associated with development such as poverty, inequality,  sustainability, human rights, globalisation, interdependence, and global citizenship; explore the purpose and rationale of the Sustainable Development Goals and the arguments for and against aid.  

Global Health

During this session you will explore universal health coverage as a human right and the role of health in the fulfilment of other rights; you will become familiar with some of the key players on global health governance; and explore a particular global health challenge from a range of perspectives.  

Climate & Environmental Justice

During this session you will explore the concept of environmental sustainability as a social justice and human rights-based issue; identify the causes and effects of climate change and local and global level; and develop a sense of agency in relation to taking action on climate and environmental issues, among topics.  


In this session, you will explore some of the fundamentals of trade justice and the role of value chains in combatting or exacerbating global inequality, with a particular focus on case studies within an African context.  


During the session, you will develop an understanding of the root causes and consequences of global migration; explore migration policies on a local and global level and their impact on immigrants; understand the relationship between migration and other development issues such as climate change, gender, and conflict; and explore opportunities for action on migration issues.  

Closing Session

In this session, you will reflect on and integrate some of the key insights and learnings obtained during the course, and identify some next steps for you to continue and deepen your engagement with global justice issues.

There are three course dates to choose from:

Mondays: starting Monday 20th February for 6 weeks, 7-9pm (Session dates: 20/2, 27/2, 6/3, 13/3, 20/3, 27/3)

Tuesdays: starting Tuesday 21st February for 6 weeks, 7-9pm (Session dates: 21/2, 28/2, 7/3, 14/3, 21/3, 28/3)

Wednesdays: starting Wednesday 22nd February for 6 weeks, 7-9pm (Session dates: 22/2, 1/3, 8/3, 15/3, 22/3, 29/3)


The subsidised rate is €25*.

*20% discounts available to Ideas Collective alumni, STAND News alumni, festival ambassadors, Autumn Course 22 alumni, STAND Soc members.


Hear From Past Global Issues Participants 

I loved meeting everyone, and getting to discuss and share our perspectives with each other. Everyone had different ideas, which made each session really insightful. I also loved having different presenters each week – it made the whole experience more engaging.


I loved that even when faced with challenging topics we were allowed to think and process things through.  

Despite how challenging the world we live in today each facilitator offered optimistic words and advice for getting involved to make change.


I think the course changed my idea of activism being mostly public speaking, demonstrations and  protests. I now understand that my personal life and what I do with it is a personal form of activism.