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St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

St. Paul’s offers Civic Social and Political Education C.S.P.E as a Junior Certificate subject. The course is taught according to the C.S.P.E syllabus. Civic Social and Political Education aims to develop the pupils’ personal and social confidence. It contributes to their moral development, and prepares them for the responsibilities of citizenship. For more information on the CSPE syllabus please click on the following link.
The course is divided into four units of study.
Unit 1 ‘The Individual and Citizenship’ allows students to explore Human Rights and Responsibilities. Students mainly focus on key documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Unit 2 ‘The Community’ gives students the opportunity to explore the concept of community development and relevant issues such as stereotyping and prejudice.
Unit 3 ‘The State-Ireland’ enables students to learn about the political system in which they live in. Students learn about Democracy, Law and our Rights and Responsibilities as active citizens. Students learn about the Oireachtas, the government and Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Irish Constitution.
In Unit 4 ‘Ireland and the World’ students learn about Ireland’s relationship with other European countries. The concepts of Development and Interdependence are at the heart of this topic.
By the end of this course students will have developed many skills, such as awareness, evaluation, action and communication skills. All of the above skills will enable students to play a positive part in society. In order to encourage students to become active citizens, students will do an Action Project. This will account for 60% of their Junior Certificate exam while, 40% of the grade will be based on a written exam. The Action Project must be based on one of the seven course concepts: Human Dignity, Rights and Responsibilities, Democracy, Stewardship, Interdependence, Development and Law.
In previous years, students have invited guest speakers from Anti Bullying Ireland and the D.S.P.C.A Dublin Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Students have also visited local youth clubs such as Brádog and have organised an Anti-Racism campaign.
Have a look at our gallery to find out more about CSPE Action Projects in St. Paul’s CBS!action-without-vision-nelson-mandela-picture-quote

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