Certificate in Colonialism, Development and Globalisation

NFQ Level





12 weeks







The Certificate in Colonialism, Development and Globalisation provides learners with a historical awareness of the conditions of power under which scholarly knowledge and dominant development discourse has been produced, by introducing postcolonial and post development theories and practices and interrogating how our own institutional context is shaped by the complexities of Ireland’s relation to empire and capitalism, past and present.

The course aims to introduce learners to the key issues and ideas in international development and examines the historical context, economic and political basis of colonialism and development. The course also aims to critically evaluate development theoretical frameworks and practices. It supports learners to make connections between conceptual arguments in the broad field of international development – from colonialism to the paradigms of development, and global governance.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Delivery: One evening (Tuesdays) per week (6.30pm – 9.30pm online) for 12 weeks. Scheduled day may be subject to change.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Colonialism and the Age of Imperialism
  • Theories and Paradigms of Development:
  • Post Colonialism
  • Globalisation – Global Governance, Development Institutions and Approaches:
  • Development Aid
  • Current Development Issues & Empirical Case Studies

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with Carlow College Admission Guidelines and Procedures for Part-Time Learners


Course fees are €350 and payable at registration.


Applications for Certificates commencing in September open in early July. Full application details are available here

The Certificate in Colonialism, Development and Globalisation
is validated by the South East Technological University.

Course Contacts

Dr Eoghan Smith

Course Enquiries

T: 059 9153257

E: esmith@carlowcollege.ie

Admissions Office

Admissions Enquiries

T: 059 9153268

E: directentry@carlowcollege.ie

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