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 in autumn for one evening a week, for seven 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.

Course options still available:

  • NUIG: Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm (starting 30 October, 2018)

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.

Debt: By the end of this session, participants will have: developed an understanding of the impact of debt on affected countries and people; identified the key players in relation to debt on a global scale; recognized the links between debt and debt repayment policies in Ireland and developing countries, and explored opportunities for taking action.

Education: By the end of this session, participants will have explored the role of education in development; developed an understanding of culturally appropriate education; identified local-global links in the areas of education and educational disadvantage, and explored opportunities for taking action

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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