Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education



The Centre oversees a range of citizenship education courses in the College. These include undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In addition, the Centre works with other colleagues from the Education Department, to integrate citizenship education themes across other subjects.

Inital Teacher Education


First year: Teacher as Person

The 'Teacher as Person' module forms the first element of the ‘Teachers, School and Communities in a Changing World’ band of the B.Ed degree.

The purpose of this course is to encourage students to reflect on, to develop and to consider, the concept of identity. Key themes addressed in the course include: identity as a learner, identity as a teacher, the relationships between identity and wider society and culture.

The course is delivered through 10 lectures and 5 seminars.

The course aims to:

  • explore and critically interrogate experience, values and understanding of the self and the self in relation to others;
  • begin to critically interrogate the self as learner and recognise learning as a life-long process;
  • understand and prioritise personal self-care and well-being;
  • explore and engage with the multiple roles and diverse and distinctive identities of teachers and learners;
  • set goals for their own learning and development as a student (teacher);
  • recognise themselves as global citizens and evaluate their own dispositions to global citizenship issues.

Third year: Global Teacher

The 'Global Teacher' mandatory course for third year B Ed students, explores the theory and practice of intercultural, development, human rights and citizenship education.  'Global Teacher' extends understanding of key global citizenship concepts and supports their inclusion in classroom teaching content and pedagogy. All sessions use active methodologies appropriate for exploring global and justice issues in Primary schools.

The course is delivered through 5 2-hour seminars and is assessed through a student assignment.

The course aims to:

  • Extend students’ understanding of key issues related to inter-culturalism, global justice, human rights, citizenship and sustainable development;
  • Enable the inclusion of global and justice perspectives in teaching practice by students;
  • Encourage a critical approach, from a diversity and a justice perspective, to teaching materials, media sources and educational practice and encourage self-reflection;
  • Explore the opportunities in the curriculum, particularly in geography and history, for the inclusion of global and justice themes and perspectives;
  • Show-case good educational practice in teaching and learning in intercultural, development, human rights and citizenship education;
  • Raise awareness of the educational materials and programmes available which support global citizenship education.

Post Graduate Courses in Education


Global Teacher

As part of the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) the CHRCE staff provide a compulsory course. 

The Global Teacher module equips students with the skills and understandings necessary to teach from a global justice perspective. It is seminar-based and cross-curricular, with a strong focus on classroom practice. Students engage with practical methodologies and approaches that enable them to explore human rights, development and diversity issues across all age and ability levels in the primary school, with special reference to the multi-cultural classroom. There is particular emphasis on understanding and implementing the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In keeping with its cross-curricular nature, the students are required to reflect a global justice perspective in their assignment in one of the following areas: Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), History Education, Geography Education.


This special option in global citizenship and human rights education will enable you to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in global citizenship and human rights education, with special emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its application to children and young people in formal and informal educational settings. The course is targeted at teachers, school leaders and other education practitioners who wish to apply democratic and human rights principles in their practice and to empower children and young people to engage critically with global issues.  Module 1 will develop your understanding of the international human rights framework and human rights education, with particular emphasis on the rights of children and young people.  Module 2 will examine the field of global citizenship education and engage with big issues of the st century such as climate change, sustainability, migration, conflict, poverty and gender. The third module will focus on human rights and global citizenship education as practice in schools and other educational settings. It will foreground participative pedagogies and critical thinking and will explore whole school approaches which promote local and global citizenship and human rights education. In your second year, you will engage in research relating to global citizenship and/or human rights education. 

For more information on this please contact Rowan Oberman.

In-service Courses in Education


This face-to-face summer course provides ideas and resources for teaching citizenship issues
across the curriculum. From climate change, to children’s rights, to inclusion, this course models
fun, participative and empowering methodologies, for exploring global themes, which can be adapted
to suit different class levels. The course supports teachers’ self-evaluation in this area and looks
to enhance whole school strategies and policies on intercultural dialogue, children's rights and
environmental protection and to develop the skills necessary to promote an inclusive schools ethos.

Open to all qualified primary school teachers

Venue: DCU St Patrick’s Campus Drumcondra

Dates and times: 2nd-6th July 2018, 9am-2pm

Course Fee: Free

Register for the event here