The twenty-first century has, so far, been characterised by rapid change and increasing interconnectedness, impacting on people in unprecedented ways and creating complex global political challenges. The study of Global Politics enables students to engage critically with new perspectives and approaches to politics, in order to make better sense of this changing world and their role in it as active citizens. It is an exciting, dynamic subject which draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, reflecting the complex nature of many political issues. The Abbey was proud to be one of the first schools in the world to offer Global Politics as part of the IB Diploma, and our staff and students have been pivotal in the shaping of the course within the wider IB community. Take-up of the subject is high within the IB group, and discussions in lessons are lively, challenging and supportive.
The study of Global Politics enables students to engage critically with new perspectives and approaches to politics, in order to make better sense of this changing world and their role in it as active citizens. IB Global Politics explores fundamental political concepts such as power, rights, 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.The course also helps them to understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies. Finally, it invites comparison between such examples and case studies to ensure a transnational perspective.
The core units of the course are linked together by a central unifying theme of ‘people, power and politics’.
Throughout the course issues such as conflict or migration are explored through an explicitly political lens; politics providing a uniquely rich context in which to explore how people and power interact.