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 globalisation and development, introduce you to like-minded, passionate peers, and ultimately help you understand yourself and your role in bringing about change.

The courses run each Spring and Autumn for one evening a week, for six weeks, at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and University College Cork. 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 to 30 per course and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In Spring 2019, STAND will hold a six week course on three Dublin-based campuses: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin City University. The dates are as follows:

  • UCD: 11th February – 1st April 2019 (NOW FULL)
  • TCD: 12th February – 26th March 2019 (NOW FULL)
  • TCD: 13th February – 27th March 2019 (NOW FULL)
  • DCU: 20th February – 3rd April 2019 (NOW FULL)

The course costs €25, but pay only €20 if you apply + pay before 31st January.

Our Spring 2019 courses are now filled. Please keep an eye here for details in the coming months regarding our Autumn 2019 courses.

The course will cover the following:

Introduction to Development: By the end of this session, participants will have: explored a range of definitions and perspectives on development; become familiar with key concepts such as poverty, inequality and sustainability; developed an understanding of the root causes, consequences and solutions of global poverty and inequality, and explored the purpose and rationale of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Migration: By the end of this session, participants will have: developed an understanding of different types of migration; developed an understanding of the reasons for migration; explored migration policies on a local level and global level and the implications for immigrants, and explored opportunities for taking action.

International Trade & Livelihoods: By the end of this session, participants will have developed an understanding of how they are connected to people throughout the world by global value-chains, explored the challenges and opportunities presented through the trade system for earning a livelihood, explored the structures of the international trade system, and identified the interconnections between trade and other development topics.

Health: By the end of this session, participants will have developed an understanding of universal health care as a human right; developed an understanding of key players in global health governance; identified the local-global links in the area of global health, and explored opportunities for taking action.

Environment: By the end of this session, participants will have developed an understanding of the concept of environmental sustainability; explored the concept of justice in the allocation of the worlds’ resources; identified the causes and effects of climate change at a local and global level, and explored opportunities for taking action

What’s next? By the end of this session, participants will have reflected on the topics covered in the course; explored how the course has challenged them; considered what they might do next as a result of participating on the course, and identified networks within which they have power to influence positive change on global justice issues.

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