Citizenship studies: GCSE subject content

Aims and learning outcomes

 Specifications in GCSE citizenship studies should enable students to deepen their knowledge of democracy and government, the law, rights and responsibilities and how we live together in society. Specifications should enable students to think critically, evaluate evidence, debate ideas, make persuasive arguments and justify their conclusions. Specifications should enable students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to take responsible citizenship actions, play a positive role in public and democratic life as informed and active citizens, and provide them with the basis for further learning and study.

Social studies is the integrated study of the social scienceshumanities and history. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropologyarchaeologyeconomicsgeographyhistoryjurisprudencephilosophypolitical sciencepsychologyreligion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.

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