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YCIS Commences New IBDP Global Politics Course

September, 2012
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On April 7th, Yew Chung International School of Beijing was officially announced as one of only twelve schools across the globe to offer the pilot Global Politics course within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). YCIS was chosen due to its strong focus towards a truly global education. 80 schools applied to be part of this landmark new subject for the IBDP, and with such strong competition this is an astonishing academic achievement for all the YCIS community.

On the decision to apply for such a course, YCIS IB Coordinator Chris Warren stated: “One of our goals as educators is to develop our students into global citizens. Essentially this course can be seen as an invaluable tool, inspiring the need for awareness and insight into the events, decisions, and systems that shape the world in which we live.”

The planning for the Global Politics course has been ongoing for several years, including numerous meetings and discussions regarding the development of the pilot curriculum with input from teachers, university consultants and IB staff. With the course now in motion, standard and higher-level students will undertake a core unit called ‘People, Power and Politics’ consisting of four key units; Power, Sovereignty and International Relations, Human Rights, Development and Peace and Conflict.

Higher-level students also examine two contemporary global political challenges through a case studies approach. Two challenges must be studied, from the following six options: The Environment and Sustainability, Poverty, Migration, Culture and Identity, Health and Disease and International Security.

The internal assessment for the course will be primarily essay-based, but will also feature a practical fieldwork component, an example of which could be an interview with a local community group or NGO. The external assessment of the course will comprise of two examination papers for standard and higher-level students and a further third paper for higher-level students.

YCIS Global Politics teacher Gareth Evans, who was part of the curriculum development team for this project, spoke of the necessity for such a program within the IB program, “This kind of course is important for the IBDP and YCIS students because it allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of the political activities that affect us all. By grounding the course in real world examples and case studies (whilst exploring fundamental political concepts) we take study beyond the purely theoretical and into something directly meaningful. It helps our students develop international-mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives, which are both key features of the YCIS philosophy, and important skills for them to take into the wider world as they move on to university and work.”

The Global Politics course at YCIS Beijing has officially begun and is sure to prove an exciting new opportunity for the IB students seeking a broader understanding of past, current and future political systems.

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