CSPE – Junior Cycle

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)

Subject Overview

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 60%

Current status

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