How will I be assessed?

Standard Level
Higher Level
External Assessment
Paper 1 (1hr15) 30%
Paper 2 (1hr45) 45%
Paper 1 (1hr15) 20%
Paper 2 (2hr45) 40%
Internal Assessment
A written report (2,000-word maximum) on a political issue explored through engagement and research. 25%
A written report (2,000-word maximum) on a political issue explored through engagement and research


Two video recorded oral presentations (10-minute maximum each) of two case studies chosen from two different HL extension topics. 40%

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What is the structure of the IB Global Politics course?

The course is based around 4 compulsory core units, a political engagement activity and students taking GloPo at HL will also investigate 2 further political challenge case studies
The four compulsory core units are power, sovereignty and international relations; human rights; development; and peace and conflict.

The political engagement activity (PEA) is your opportunity to get out there and get actively involved in something political. You will research and engage with a particular political issue of your choosing before producing a 2,000 word report

HL students will also complete a Global Political Challenges investigation where you will be required to investigate a political challenge from two of six topics before producing two filmed presentations of ten minutes duration each. The six topic areas are environment, poverty, health, identity, boarders and security.

You may find the IB course guide useful as the structure of the course is explained in more detail.