Belvedere College - C.S.P.E



Civic, Social and Political Education

The aims of junior cycle CSPE are 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 40%
A Report on an Action Project or
A Course Work Assessment Booklet

Current status

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


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