Global politics

After a successful pilot, the IB Diploma global politics course will be available as a mainstream offer to all DP schools for first teaching in September 2015 and first assessment in May 2017.

The global politics course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, liberty and equality, in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels.

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. 

Global politics draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. It helps students to understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies, and also invites comparison between such examples and case studies to ensure a transnational perspective.

Developing international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives is at the heart of this course. It encourages dialogue and debate, nurturing the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims.

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.

All standard level and higher-level students also undertake an engagement activity through which they study a political issue of interest experientially. Students complement their experiential learning with more theoretical perspectives from research and submit a written report summarising their investigation.

Higher-level students also examine two contemporary global political challenges, through a case studies approach.   

For more information on global politics, please familiarize yourself with Global politics guide (First assessment 2017), available on the global politics page on the OCC.

Both face-to-face and online workshops are available for global politics. Only Category 2 workshops are initially offered, as most global politics teachers will have DP teaching experience in another subject. Category 2 workshops are intended for all teachers new to global politics. 

Learn more about global politics in a DP workshop for teachers

If you have any further questions on global politics, please do not hesitate to contact the IB Diploma Development team.