Politics and Society

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A new specification for Politics and Society was launched on 1st February 2016 and was introduced in a small number of schools in September 2016. Politics and Society aims to develop the student's ability to be a reflective and active citizen, in a way that is informed by the insights and skills of social and political science. It is a full Leaving Certificate subject, requiring the same amount of class time (180 hours) as all other subjects.

Full details of the new subject are available on Curriculum Online

The Department of Education and Skills is introducing this specification as part of the commemoration of 1916. It also contributes to the commitment to education for sustainable development.

List of schools selected to introduce Leaving Certificate Politics and Society from September 2016

Support materials for teachers

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Teaching, learning and assessment ideas for the Politics and Society classroom

Citizenship Project and Report Guidelines

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Download the Guidelines for the Citizenship Project and Report for Politics and Society

***NEW*** Sample Questions for the Written Examination

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***Updated August 2017***

Download details on the written examination in Politics and Society and sample questions

Background materials

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The background paper and consultations which informed the development of the syllabus can be downloaded here

Information for parents and students

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Download information leaflet by clicking on link above.

Presentation introducing Politics and Society (PDF)


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Download the specification for Politics and Society