Throughout the Junior Certificate cycle, students are timetabled for one class of Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) each week.

The study of CSPE aims to make students aware of the civic, social and political dimensions of their lives and the importance of active, participative citizens to the life of the country and all people

During the course of their studies, students will explore seven key concepts. These are:

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Human Dignity
  • Stewardship
  • Development
  • Democracy
  • Law and Interdependence.

Students are given opportunities to be active citizens within the classroom, school, local community and beyond, as well as taking part in brainstorming, pair work, role play, debates, group work and interviewing.

Students will also participate in at Action Projects during the three-year course. These projects are class-based, school-based and community based and focus on an aspect of one of CSPE’s seven key concepts.