Global Perspectives – CIE

The Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives course provides opportunities for enquiry into, and reflection on, key global issues from different perspectives: personal, local/national and global. Global Perspectives encourages awareness of global problems and offers a range of opportunities to explore solutions through collaboration. The course is not about getting everybody to think identically; rather it is a matter of opening minds to the complexity of the world and of human thought, and encouraging empathy for the diversity of human experience and feeling. Recent topics studied have included such diverse topics as migration, racism in the police, gentrification, the burkini and emojis.

Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives gives students the opportunities to acquire and apply a range of skills to support them in these challenges, including:

• researching, analysing and evaluating information;
• developing and justifying a line of reasoning;
• reflecting on processes and outcomes;
• communicating information and reasoning;
• collaborating to achieve a common outcome.

Students explore stimulating topics that have global significance, collaborate with others from another culture, community or country, and assess information critically, exploring lines of reasoning. They learn to direct their own learning and develop an independence of thought.

Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives emphasises the development and application of skills rather than the acquisition of knowledge. Candidates develop transferable skills that will be useful for further study and for young people as active citizens of the future.

Course Content

The course covers a range of topics, depending upon current national and global issues, and are organised according to the assessment focus. Whilst not all are covered in class, all are available for students to study for their coursework, depending upon their personal interests.

Component 1 topics (Written Examination): • Demographic change • Education for all • Employment • Fuel and energy • Globalisation • Law and criminality • Migration • Transport systems

Component 2 topics (Individual Report): • Belief systems • Biodiversity and ecosystem loss • Changing communities • Digital world • Family • Humans and other species • Sustainable living • Trade and aid

Component 3 topics (Team Project): • Conflict and peace • Disease and health • Human rights • Language and communication • Poverty and inequality • Sport and recreation   • Tradition, culture and identity • Water, food and agriculture

Exams and Assessments

Students develop their skills in Year 9, complete their coursework (Components 2 & 3) in Year 10, and prepare for their exam (Component 1) in Year 11.

Component Task Duration/Length Marks %
Component 1 Written Examination 1 hour 15 minutes 35%
Component 2 Individual Report 1500 – 2000 words 30%
Component 3 Team Project 1000 – 13000 words 35%

Why Choose Global Perspectives?

You get to study areas of interest not studied elsewhere in the curriculum, such as law, conflict and peace, or traditions and culture.  These topics can also support your understanding of other subjects, such as Georgraphy, Biology, PE or Business Studies.

It develops transferrable skills that will benefit you in all of your subjects and prepare you better for Post-16 study, as there is a lot more independent study, research and planning than most subjects, as well as development of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking skills.

In an increasingly globalised world, colleges, universities and employers appreciate candidates with a global outlook, knowledge of issues affecting the world today and understanding of different perspectives.  Many universities will assess your understanding of current affairs at interview.  It is an especially good course for students considering studying, working and living overseas, or studying subjects such as Law, Politics, International Relations, Humanities subjects or Environmental subjects in the future.