By GRETTA O’KELLY LYNCH
Global Politics is an exciting and dynamic course taught in the IB programme, and BHS is the only school on the island to offer such a course. By combining abstract concepts with real life examples and case studies, students explore fundamental political notions such as power, equality, sustainability, and peace. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as encouraging them to explore political issues affecting their own lives.
Following the news and keeping up with current events is an integral part of the course. Issues such as conflict or migration are examined through an explicitly political lens; politics providing a uniquely rich context in which to explore how people and power interact.
The course allows great freedom to focus on the contemporary political issues that are most relevant to the students. Dialogue, discussion and debate are encouraged. The inclusion of an engagement activity in the course reflects the importance of, not only appreciating and understanding the complex issues facing the world today, but also, engaging students in an active and personal way. In this way, IB students deepen their understanding of issues that are important to them.