IB Global Politics Level 3

Business, Administration and Law

Business, Administration and Law
Business, Administration and Law

What will you be working towards?

Code 106
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Global politics is an exciting, dynamic subject that draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The study of global politics enables students to critically engage with different and new perspectives and approaches to politics in order to comprehend the challenges of the changing world and become aware of their role in it as active global citizens. 

This course consists of four core units:  Power, Sovereignty & International Relations: Human Rights: Development: Peace and Conflict.  The course aims to give students:

  • Understanding key political concepts and contemporary political issues in a range of contexts.
  • Understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity.
  • Understanding, appreciation and critically engagement with a variety of perspectives and approaches in global politics.
  • Appreciation the complex and interconnected nature of many political issues, and develop the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims regarding those issues.


Power, Sovereignty and International Relations

  • Power, sovereignty, legitimacy and interdependence

Human Rights

  • Human rights, justice, liberty and equality


  • Development, globalisation, inequality and sustainability

Peace and Conflict

  • Peace, conflict, violence and non-violence


How will it be delivered?

Paper one (1 h 15 min) 20%.Stimulus-based paper based on a topic from one of the four core units. Four compulsory short-answer/structured questions (25 marks)

Paper two (2 h 45 min) 40%. Extended response paper based on the four core units. Students must write three essays from a choice of eight, each selected from a different core unit (75 marks)

Engagement activity 20%. A written report (2,000-word maximum) on a political issue explored through engagement and research (20 marks)

Global Political Challenges 20%. Two recorded oral presentations lasting 10 minutes each.  


Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-5 grades in GCSE Examinations including English and Maths. A grade 6 in a Humanities subject

Your next steps...

Law, Journalism, Media, Civil Service, Local Government, International Relations, Business, Researchers e.g. for MP’s – MEP’s – Politics – European Union. The IBCP promotes students to become critical thinkers who understand the interdisciplinary nature of learning. Students are encouraged to develop reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and lateral-thinking skills, all valuable to future employers. The IBCP is internationally recognised and accepted by Universities and at Standard Level is equivalent to between 11 and 70 UCAS points depending on the grade achieved.

University Courses: Politics, Law, Media, Business Studies, European Studies, Public Administration, International Relations, History.