Politics introduced as Leaving Cert subject next year

Students will learn about key thinkers such as Karl Marx and concepts such as capitalism

A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new “politics and society” subject is to introduced to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx, and to critically evaluate ideas such as capitalism.

It is understood that students in about 25 schools will begin studying the subject in fifth-year from 2016, and points will be awarded for the first time in 2018.

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