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Global Politics International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Global politics is an exciting new addition to the individuals and societies subject group of the Diploma Programme. The course explores fundamental political concepts, such as power, equality, sustainability and peace, in a range of contexts and through a variety of approaches. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives.

The course aims to develop international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives. It encourages critical thinking, listening, dialogue and debate, and it nurtures the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims.

Course content

All Standard Level and Higher Level students complete a common core entitled “people, power and politics”. This consists of four core units:

  • Power, sovereignty and international relations
  • Human rights
  • Development
  • Peace and conflict

Higher Level students also examine two contemporary global political challenges through self-selected case studies. Two challenges must be studied from the following six options:

  • Environment
  • Poverty
  • Health
  • Identity
  • Borders
  • Security

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study global politics should have at least a grade B in GCSE history or GCSE geography or at least a grade 6 in GCSE English.


All Standard Level and Higher Level students complete a common internal assessment task, which gives them an opportunity to explore the central unifying theme of the course—“people, power and politics” —in practice. Students undertake an engagement activity, such as interviewing policymakers on a development theme, participating in a simulation game or organizing an awareness-raising campaign on human rights. In their assessed written report, they examine a political issue they learned about through the activity, their study of global politics and further reading.

The Standard Level course is assessed through a stimulus paper (paper one), an essay paper (paper two), and the internal assessment exercise.

Higher Level students also answer an additional essay question in paper two. They also submit for external assessment a video-recorded oral presentation where they discuss a political issue embedded in each of their case studies.

Future opportunities

International Politics students are well placed to study any academic discipline at university. The course is also useful preparation for studying directly relevant subjects such as Politics and International Relations. The course opens up a wide range of career options and is very well respected by graduate employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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