- 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.
- Understand key political concepts and contemporary political issues in a range of contexts
- Develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity
- Understand, appreciate and critically engage with a variety of perspectives and approaches in global politics
- Appreciate the complex and interconnected nature of many political issues, and develop the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims regarding those issues
Common: people, power and politics
- Power, sovereignty and international relations
- Human rights
- Peace and conflict
HL extension: global political challenges
- How does knowledge in the social sciences differ from knowledge in other areas?
- What should we do when rights conflict?
- Why do some people believe that they know what is right for others?
- Can we have beliefs or knowledge which are independent of our culture
- Is it possible to attain knowledge despite the problems of bias and selection?
- Can humans live peaceably?
- Are human rights universal or culturally relative?
Stimulus based paper based on a topic from one of the four core units.
Four compulsory short-answer/ structured questions.
Extended response paper based on the four core units.
Students must write two essays from a choice of eight, each selected from a different core unit.
Students undertake an engagement activity and then produce a 2000 word report analysing the political issue explored in that activity