Politics & Society - Carlow

Who is this programme for?
The programme is aimed at primary and post-primary teachers looking to upskill to teach Politics & Society at secondary level. It is also ideal for those who wish to pursue continuing education in politics and society to enhance career prospectus in the NGO, politics, human rights and advocacy sectors or for professional development for those already working in these sectors.

Three reasons to study this course:

• Upskill to teach Politics & Society in secondary level and senior cycle.
• Embedded training in teaching pedagogy.
• Flexibility to study in the evening, to fit around your work schedule

Subjects taught

Course Modules
The programme is designed to introduce learners to the key elements of Politics and Society in a structured and manageable way. These include:

• Introduction to Politics
• Contemporary Politics and Public Policy
• Political Philosophy
• Media Studies and Digital Media Skills
• Citizenship, Identity, and Belonging
• Colonialism, Development, and Globalisation
• International Human Rights
• Pedagogy for Politics and Society

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have relevant work experience and or other certificates and qualifications may also be considered. Relevant professional experience may be considered and individuals will be assessed on a case-bycase basis through RPL procedures.

Carlow College reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme

Application dates

When to Apply: Applications open in early February and close 31st July each year

How to Apply: Applications are direct to Carlow College


1 year part time

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this programme will meet the Teaching Council of Ireland requirement for the purposes of teaching Politics and Society at second level. They can also pursue careers in the NGO, public policy, human rights, politics, community education, and advocacy sectors, as well as in the broader public sector.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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