Civic, Social and Political Education

C.S.P.E. is a compulsory subject for each class in the Junior Cycle. Each class is timetabled for one class per week over the course of the student’s three years preparing for the Junior Certificate. Where possible, teachers are given a class group which they also teach for another subject. This allows for teachers to be more familiar with the class group, as well as allowing for cross curricular teaching.  

The C.S.P.E. Department endeavours to promote an understanding of citizenship based on Human Rights and Social responsibilities. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child are two key documents which under-pin the C.S.P.E. course. We aim to develop our student’s potential for active citizenship at a personal, school, local, national and international level. We encourage in them a sense of belonging, a capacity to gain access to information and a confidence to participate in a democratic society.  To achieve this, seven concepts are identified and explored in a variety of ways.   


* Human dignity  

* Development  

* Law  

* Rights and Responsibilities  

* Stewardship  

* Democracy  

* Interdependence  


Students explore these concepts through activity based learning. Themes such as respect, racism, human rights, global warming, pollution, voting etc are discussed. A wide variety of activities are undertaken over the course of the three years, leading to the completion of a classroom based assessment.


In this CBA, Students will complete at least three citizenship actions as part of their learning across the three strands of the CSPE short course. Students create an Action Record for one of these. The Citizenship Action Record is more than a report. It conveys how the student personally engaged in a citizenship action of interest to him/her and what they have learnt from the experience. It is important that students don’t see the production of the Citizenship Action Record as something that happens after the Action. As they plan, research and implement their citizenship action they need to capture evidence of each step along the way (using photos, video, scrapbook, OneNote or similar. 7 This evidence will show how they personally engaged in the action and form a vital part of their Record. Students have choice in how they present their Citizenship Action Record. It can be produced in written, digital, visual and/or audio formats and it may be supported through the use of an interview or presentation.