Big ideas on global issues

Big ideas on global issues


Introduction to the Big Ideas on:  Climate change, International inequalities, Gender inequalities and Global migrations

  • Complex and often controversial global issues are a feature of the twenty-first century.
  • These topics can be difficult to understand also for well-informed young and adult people.
  • Through the “Big Ideas” in this section we intend to offer an overview of the main issues to encourage you and your students to analyse them through critical thinking.
  • Bringing these topics in class, teachers can help students to understand, reflect and be ready to deal with them in their everyday life.
  • We advise teachers to choose their preferred issue among the “Big Ideas” and to build their own Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU) and to monitor the students’ progress using the Learning Assessment Tool.
  • Teachers can also use the TLUs developed by the Get up and goals! project and based on the "Big Ideas".
  • In order to evaluate students' learning about the Big Ideas, we offer teachers two types of tools: the reflection tools, contained in each Big Ideas file, and a series of Learning Assessment Tools. Via the link you will find questionnaires to assess knowledge about climate change, gender inequalities, migration and international inequalities, and cards to assess both global skills and attitudes stimulated during the teaching experience. By giving students the same tool before and after the course you will have the opportunity to assess the progress of your classes. You can use our calculation grid to help you compare the results.
  • It is not possible to know or to teach everything, therefore we are here to offer teachers an overview on some of the most important global issues.

We hope these “Big Ideas” will be helpful for your work. And we are here to discuss further ideas with you. Please, feel free to contact us via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or via Facebook,

Big ideas on Global migration

Migration is a feature of human existence and of our interdependent world. Modern humans first migrated out of Africa and across the world from around 120,000 years ago. We are all their descendants.


Big ideas on Gender inequalities

Gender is not the same as sex (biological characteristics of men and women) but is a socially constructed definition of men and women, therefore sex is something we are born with and gender is something we learn. Gender roles are often determined by culture, with both men and women taught appropriate norms and behaviour, reflecting society and relationships, which have been built up over thousands of years.

Big ideas on International inequalities

Inequality is the state of not being equal, for example in terms of income or wealth. People with higher income will usually have better access to services and opportunities. They also have a lower chance of their basic human rights being violated. Whether an individual is born into a wealthy family or wealthy society is a matter of chance. Income inequality can be measured between countries, identifying high-income countries and low-income countries. 

Big ideas on Climate change

Today’s climate change is a long-term, large-scale rise in Earth’s global average temperature, causing shifts in weather patterns. Some models predict rises in global temperature of 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st Century, which could make advanced civilisation unsustainable, lead to a major reduction in the human population, and cause extinction for many other species. The UN aims to keep temperature rise to between 1.5 - 2 degree C. “The Earth’s climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts” UNHCR 2018.