Colonialism, Development & Globalisation


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Course Overview

The Certificate in Colonialism, Development, and Globalisation helps students understand the power dynamics behind the creation of academic knowledge and mainstream development ideas. It does this by exploring postcolonial and post-development theories and practices, and by looking at how Ireland’s history with empire and capitalism influences our current situation.

The course introduces key topics and ideas in international development, examining the history, economics, and politics of colonialism and development. It also aims to critically assess various development theories and practices. The course helps students connect different ideas in international development, from colonialism to modern development models and global governance.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Course Practicalities

Course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm online for 12 weeks.  Scheduled day may be subject to change.

Next course runs from 10th September – 3rd December 2024.

Closing Date for applications

8th August 2024

Course Content

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
Course Lecturer

Joseph Mguni is a lecturer in Social, Political & Community Studies in Carlow College with over 20 years Community Development working experience in the non- governmental sector in various roles.. He holds an MSc in Business, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship(WIT), Bachelor of Arts Honours (NUI Maynooth) and a Professional Certificate for Entrepreneur Educators (UCD), Higher Diploma in Business Management, (Damelin College, Johannesburg, South Africa).  Joseph delivers intercultural training and facilitates workshops for youth and community groups in the context of integration, inclusion, discrimination, and anti-racism. He is primarily interested in Social Enterprise Ecosystems and the intersectionality of International Development and Globalisation, together with the nexus of global politics, society, and cultures discourse analysis.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.

Contact Details for Further Information


Please note our refund policy as follows

100% refund if student cancels before course registration

100% refund if course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers


If student cancels after registration/first week of course – full refund minus €50 administration fee

If student cancels after second week of course – no refund