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Civic, Social and Political Education

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) is a Junior Certificate course in Active Citizenship taught at St. Joseph’s, based on Human Rights and Social Responsibilities. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are the two key documents which underpin this course.  Civic, Social and Political Education aims to develop active citizens with:

  • A sense of belonging.
  • A capacity to gain access to information and structures relating to the society in which they live.
  • An ability and confidence to participate in democratic society.

Junior Certificate CSPE is studied at Common Level

The course is based on 7 core concepts:

  • Democracy
  • Law
  • Human rights and responsibilities
  • Human dignity
  • Interdependence
  • Development
  • Stewardship

There are 4 units of study

  • Unit 1 – The Individual and Citizenship
  • Unit 2 – The Community
  • Unit 3 – The State – Ireland
  • Unit 4 – Ireland and the world


Junior Certificate Civic, Social and Political Education is assessed at Common Level. There are two assessment components:

Examination paper


A Report on an Action Project or

A Course Work Assessment Booklet


CSPE is part of the of the Junior Certificate core curriculum in all post-primary schools since 1997.

C.S.P.E Department

  • Mr Seadhan De Poire
  • Ms Miriam Mc Nulty

An excellent site for anyone interested is the Civic, Social and Political Education website