IB Global Politics

Students studying global politics have the opportunity to immerse themselves in current events around the world, studying theory behind action, global crises and international relations.

Students studying IB Global Politics will cover 4 key themes, as well as engaging in a political activity of their own. There are two different levels of study on the IB, higher (roughly equivalent to an A level) and lower (roughly equivalent to half an A level), students who study at higher level will cover the same content as those at lower level, but will be expected to sit a more rigorous exam. Students at higher level will also undertake their own research projects to present to the class.

Core Unit (SL and HL)

Power, Sovereignty and International Relations

  • Key theories of power, sovereignty and legitimacy
  • Roles and functions of state and non-state actors

Human Rights

  • Key advances in human rights protections
  • Cases of human rights abuse


  • Key factors affecting the development of nations
  • Consequences of promoting and limiting development

Peace and Conflict

  • Institutions supporting peace around the world
  • Reasons for and consequences of conflict


Engagement Activity (SL and HL)


All students will complete a research and engagement task into an area of contemporary political life. This could be over a local, national or global issue, but they are expected to engage in primary research with people directly involved in the political situation. This is assessed through a 2,000 word report.


Global Challenge Presentation (HL only)

All students will study the 6 following areas, and higher level students will then conduct their own research into real life case studies from the studied areas of their choosing from there. Students are expected to relate their case studies to global challenges and their learning throughout the whole course. This is assessed through two 10 minute presentations on different topics.

Topic areas:

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

Distribution of Grade


Standard Level

Higher Level

Core Paper 1

(30%) 1 Source based set of questions

(20%) 1 Source based set of questions

Core Paper 2

(45%) 2 Essays

(40%) 3 Essays

Engagement Activity

(25%) 2,000 word report

(20%) 2,000 word report

Global Challenges


(20%) 2 10 Minute Presentations