Friday 19 January 2018

Wanted: young political nerds for new L Cert subject

Politics the latest subject to be offered

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

POLITICS is to become the latest Leaving Certificate subject.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has announced that students will soon have the option of notching up CAO points in Politics and Society.

No date has yet been set for its introduction but Mr Quinn has told the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) that he wants it to go ahead.

The minister has sought their advice on a number of issues which need to be addressed before the subject can be made available.

The wide-ranging syllabus will stretch from an exploration of democracy in a local sports club to the global reach of television and video-sharing sites such as YouTube.

Students will be exposed to the ideas of key political thinkers ranging from revolutionary socialist Karl Marx to US economist, Milton Friedman, a key advocate of the free market.

The new subject, which will build on student learning at junior cycle level through Civic , Social and Political Education (CSPE), has been under discussion since 2006 and a syllabus was finalised in 2011.

According to the NCCA, Politics and Society will aim to develop the student's ability to be a reflective and active citizen.

It will cover areas such as democracy, culture, conflict, globalisation, equality, diversity and sustainable development and will bring, for the first time, a social science perspective to senior cycle education.

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