Strand 3: Exploring democracy - Sample Actions
Linking learning to action is a core part of the CSPE short course. The following suggested actions relate to Strand Three mainly, although linkages with other strands are possible. It is not intended as a prescriptive list.
- Imagine you are running for election, make a badge and an election poster designed to inform potential voters about your priorities and proposals.
- Conduct a survey to find out what students think about decision making processes in your school and how these might be improved; share the findings.
- Participate in an election count using the PR voting system.Compare the PR system with one other system of voting.
- Organise a mock election or referendum in parallel with an election/referendum in real time and compare results.
- Produce a short video, animation (or similar) to explain and compare two different systems of government.
- Participate in a debate on the following motion: young people don’t need the vote to have power and influence in our world today.
- Design a game or infographic to help your peers understand the workings of the Equality Tribunal, European Court of Human Rights or the International Criminal Court.
- Use or create images (no words) to show the nine grounds under which discrimination is illegal in Ireland.[NB: respect copyright]
- Investigate the way that different media outlets report a local, national or global issue or topic of relevance to your CSPE course.
- Create a ‘how-to’ guide for people who want to be active online citizens, with a glossary of key terms, profiles of relevant social media platforms, and case studies of individuals or groups who have used these platforms to bring about positive change our world.
- Investigate the use of social media by one or more politicians.