Certificate in International Human Rights

NFQ Level





12 weeks







The Certificate in International Human Rights aims to introduce learners to the key theories, concepts, and frameworks of analysis of Human Rights theory. It will introduce learners to human rights instruments, including International Human Rights Articles, Declarations and Conventions on Human Rights with reference to empirical case studies.  The course aims to foster analytic and critical thinking skills, and the ability to formulate independent coherent arguments through problem posing methods using a Rights-based perspective.

International Human Rights offers a lens to analyse complex global issues such as colonialism and development learners. Learners will be able to demonstrate advanced written, oral, presentation and digital skills as part of and to be able to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis and critically analyse of how evidence and data are used to support arguments.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Delivery: Five Saturdays (9.30am – 11.30am online) for 12 weeks (the rest of the contacts hours to made up through asynchronous self-directed learning)

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Human Rights Principles
  • Human Rights & Equality
  • Debating Human Rights
  • Examining International Human Rights Instruments
  • Conceptions of Human Rights and the West: Universal or Relative to Culture?

Entry Requirements

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.

Book Your Place

The next intake of this course commences in September.

Book your place here

Please note payment in full is required at time of booking.

Closing date: 8th August

The Certificate in International Human Rights
is validated by the South East Technological University.

Course Contacts

Dr Eoghan Smith, Lecturer in English Literature

Dr Eoghan Smith

Course Enquiries

T: 059 9153257

E: esmith@carlowcollege.ie

Admissions Office

Admissions Enquiries

T: 059 9153268

E: directentry@carlowcollege.ie