Certificate in International Development (ID)

This certificate is designed to:

  • Provide an overview of faith-based approaches to, and the ethics of, international aid and development,
  • Deepen understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, and particularly the principle of Solidarity, and its application to current global issues of interest,
  • Offer a historical and current analysis of the role of the Catholic Church as an agent of international aid, development and Solidarity,
  • Explore and research the actual role of various agencies of the Catholic Church dedicated to aid, development and Solidarity.

This will be done through both theoretical and historical analysis, as well as through practical examinations of current global issues and experiential learning.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the key themes of Catholic Social Teaching,
  • Recognize the economic, political, and social dimensions of global issues,
  • Analyze, critique and debate approaches to global issues, through short written reflections and online discussion,
  • Develop an informed and analytical understanding of the Church as an actor in international aid and development,
  • Understand and apply key concepts through practical engagement with faith-based international development organizations.

Certificate in International Development (ID)

Prerequisite - Foundations in Faith I (FFI) 


CCS-015 Social Justice
CCS-016 The Practice of Social Justice
CCS-066 Faith and International Development
CCS-067 Catholicism and International Development
CCS-068 The Church in the World I – An Evolving Role
CCS-069 The Church in the World II – Agents of Change

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle)

Cycle 1 - CCS-015

Cycle 2 - CCS-066

Cycle 3 - CCS-016

Cycle 4 - CCS-067

Cycle 5 - CCS-068

Cycle 6 - CCS-069