Global Politics and Diplomacy draw on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The highly interactive program is based on the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum framework. Youths in 11th and 12th grades or high school graduates interested in the field of international relations are encouraged to enroll in this program. They will understand abstract political concepts grounded in real world examples and case studies that prompt comparison between such examples and case studies to ensure a transnational perspective.
The highly interactive units are taught by current or former career diplomats, lecturers, and professors in the field of international relations. The masterly presentations will help youths to understand a unique combination of specialized expertise, operational skill sets, and a broad capacity for innovative and global, visionary leadership. The activities will expose youths to training and resources in substantive, regional, and linguistic expertise, leadership finesse, personal resilience and problem-solving.
Participants will explore the fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability, and peace in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels. Youths have wide latitude to develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of political activity, as well the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives.
At the heart of the program is developing international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives. This entails dialogue and debate, nurturing the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims. All participants are expected to complete a common core under the central unifying theme of “people, power and politics". This consists of four core units:
1. Power, Sovereignty and International Relations 1.1: Introduction 1.2: Social order, ideology and power 1.3: States and statehood in the contemporary world 1.4: The nation state, power and modes of social control 1.5: Violence and structural violence 1.6: Interpretations of justice, liberty and equality 1.7: Non-state actors in global politics 1.8: Interactions in global politics 1.9: Levels of Geographic organization and international relations 1.10: Conclusion
2: Human Rights 2.1: The development of human rights 2.2: The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2.3: The three 'generations' of human rights 2.4: Conclusion
3: Development 3.1: Introduction: The Role of Development in Global Politics 3.2: Contested Meanings of Development 3.3: Factors That May Promote or Inhibit Development 3.4: Pathways Towards Development 3.5: Debates Surrounding Development: Challenges of Globalization, Inequality, Sustainability 3.6: Conclusion
4: Peace and Conflict 4.1: Introduction: the role of Peace and Conflict in Global Politics 4.2: Contested meanings of peace, conflict and violence 4.3: Causes and parties to conflict 4.4: Evolution of conflict 4.5: Conflict resolution and post-conflict transformation 4.6: Conclusion
All participants are expected to undertake an engagement activity through which they study a political issue of interest experientially. They are expected to complement their experiential learning with more theoretical perspectives from research and submit a written report summarizing their investigation. Incoming 12 and high school graduates may examine two contemporary global political challenges, through a case studies approach.
Identify and analyze major themes and issues affecting communities around the world.
Explore developments in comparative, global and historical context.
Demonstrate the concept and skills to formulate comparative questions and arguments about different societies and cultures.
Engage in simulated UN debates that involve learning about the United Nations, classifying international issues, and the dynamics of diplomacy, and regional positions.
Visit and engage in scheduled activities in Embassies.
Hands-on Simulations The program is an interactive approach to learning that gives participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in the challenging complexities of world affairs. The are expected to step into the shoes of a delegate on the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council. Participants are encouraged to advocate for their country’s or region’s interests they examine and negotiate resolutions to some of today’s most pressing global problems, including nuclear proliferation, conflict in and children in armed conflict. They are expected to master the art of diplomatic negotiation, you and your team will have the opportunity to create your own international system as you develop a country from
Leadership Training The curriculum is designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help youths succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will participants opportunities build to maximize their strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Leadership topics tailored to the International Diplomacy program include: Personality Styles and Group Dynamics, Conflict Resolution.