Department Information

Citizenship

Members of the Department

Mrs S Dickson (Subject Coordinator)

Aims

Citizenship is taught through a modular system at St. Dominic's. From Year Eight through to Year Twelve all students are scheduled for Citizenship during the academic year.   In Year Eight students investigate Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - this includes cultural identity, racism, sectarianism, cultural diversity and discrimination.


Key Stage 3

Equality, Social Justice, Human Rights and Social Responsibility are the main themes in Year Nine. Students examine rights and responsibilities as well as Human Rights laws. Students also develop an awareness of social justice issues including child labour, homelessness, child soldiers and refugees. In Year 10, the focus is on Democracy and Participation. Students develop their understanding of the characteristics of democracy including local and international institutions. St. Dominic's is also participating in a pilot programme, 'Prison to Peace' with the guidance of Queen's University, which examines the complex issues of Northern Ireland's past and changes for the future through the stories of political ex-prisoners.


Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

In Year 11 and 12 we investigate areas from the issues in more depth, meeting the statutory requirements outlined for the NI curriculum. Teaching and learning activities include role plays, action projects, ICT and media technology and active methodologies. Year 11 students also took part in a 'Pay it Forward' initiative; students initiated a range of projects from volunteering in the community to delivering leadership and anti-bullying lessons to younger students. In Year 12 the focus in on inequality in Northern Ireland including homelessness.