The following is a structure you can follow for your (2000 word) Engagement Activity (EA) in IB Global Politics. It will help you tick all the boxes, doing what will be rewarded, so you’ll get a better mark.
Having a clear structure like this will also save you time and help you write more clearly.
A common mistake is thinking that your EA marks will basically come mostly from showing off your understanding of course theories. But, the EA is not so focused on theories. Theories are just a part of where you're getting your marks.
The main purpose of the EA is to get you out in the world, involved with a real political challenge, so you can learn how to actually effect change. It’s about taking potentially-influential actions (i.e. interviewing someone, organizing an event) and then seeing how it goes and learning from your experience -- using research, course theories (and the other 6 areas of the course). But you will also get...
In most other IB Group 3 courses (i.e. Business, Economics) students get marks mostly for learning the course theories and knowing how to apply them to do analysis (and draw conclusions based on that analysis). Most Group 3 courses are theory courses. Global Politics is not.
In your Global Politics Paper 2 essays, your HL presentations, your Engagement Activities reports and your course conversations you do get some marks for using the theories. But there are 6 other areas you should be able to draw insights from as well and these other areas are extremely powerful sources of good insights.
Use this list of the 7 areas of the course to explore, to really dig into how things work in the world of Global Politics and why. Draw on all 7 areas (if you can) to build insightful, meaningful explanations.
You can use these to answer a question or simply to better understand a particular case.
The following is a list of the ways we make sense of things in...
In the IB Global Politics course we talk about “political issues”. GP students need to understand what political issues are, but it’s not a simple thing.
You need to identify one for your Engagement Activity, for example. And HL students need to find one in their case studies to develop their oral presentations. The course guide definition is confusing though, so I’m going to clarify it for you.
The Global Politics course guide defines a political issue as:
“Any question that deals with how power is distributed and how it operates within social organization, and how people think about, and engage in, their communities and the wider world on matters that affect their lives.”
That’s a hard definition to operationalise. One: it’s so long. Two: When you study politics, you see power dynamics everywhere. Almost anything can be explained as a power conflict. But let’s break down this definition before we...
Choosing your EE Research Question in Global Politics can be particularly challenging. This article will tell you how.
The GP guide says that you are to “deeply analyze an important, contemporary global political issue.” If you aren’t sure what is considered a political issue in Global Politics, this page makes it really simple to understand what a political issue is (and what to do with one).
One rule you need to remember for Global Politics is that your issue needs to be contemporary means it is something that happens during your lifetime (so during the past 18 years). It also can’t be the same political issue that you’ve used for another assessment component (i.e. the EA or an extension presentation). .
Keep focused on a tightly defined question. Not broad. The most common feedback I give to my students (and those I help online)...
Here is a step-by-step structure you can follow to write your IB Extended Essay in Global Politics. This post is up-to-date and it includes a lot of helpful links.
First, here are a few key points and other helpful links you’ll want to use:
"Art is what you can get away with." (Andy Warhol)
Here are the TOK Essay prescribed titles (for the May 2019 session). You'll have 1600 words to answer your title.
I've recently given a free webinar to go through the titles and give you a sense of how to handle them (i.e.things to watch out for with each title).
We had about 300 people attending at the same time, from around the world. (You're welcome to watch a recording of it you like. It's online here (Members). If you're not yet a member, you can still watch it if you sign up for a free trial of the TOK Mastery)
1. “The quality of knowledge is best measured by how many people accept it.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.
2. “The production of knowledge is always a collaborative task and never solely a product of the individual.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
3. Do good explanations have to be true?
4. “Disinterestedness is essential in the...
HL Global Politics students are required to do two oral presentations are (in total) worth 20% of your final mark in the course.
That’s a lot.
And, as you may have noticed, there are quite a lot of boxes you’re trying to tick in this time. This article will help you go step-by-step as you prepare your extension presentation and help you to cover all of your bases, within the tight (10 minute) time limit.
You aren’t required to follow this structure, but it works pretty well.
Think of your entire presentation as an explanation of how your particular (small) case is an example of the Global Political Challenge (GPC) you’ve chosen to explore (more on these below).
For example, if you’ve chosen to look at the GPC “Borders” and your chosen political issue is The Catalan Referendum of 2017, your presentation will use Global Politics ideas (concepts, key terms, perspectives and...
This is a guest post written by counsellor Phil Meehan.
First thing’s first – stress is not a bad thing. In fact, it is how we know we’re alive. Stress is anything that shifts your balance. It is the excitement of a crush and it helps get things done when a deadline is looming.
For over a hundred years, a simple way to see the relationship between stress and productivity has been the Yerkes Dodson curve (1). Think of an upside down U.
On the left you have low stress and low productivity. On the right you have high stress and low productivity. In the middle, you have what some researchers call “flow”, or the peak productivity. Can you remember a time when you were so completely immersed in something that you lost track of time? Maybe it was working with a group on a interesting art project, playing your favourite video game or programming? That’s the top of the curve. Now, it might be hard to reach the top studying for your next test,...
Here is a list of all of the key words you should know for each of the Section 5 chapters. Learning all the key words is a really important part of the business course, so take time to make sure you can quickly, accurately define each of these.