Global Contexts

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of…


Who am I? Who are we?

Students explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • competition and cooperation; teams, affiliation and leadership

  • identity formation, self-esteem, status, roles and role models

  • personal efficacy and agency; attitudes, motivations, independence; happiness and the good life

  • physical, psychological and social development, transitions, health and well-being, lifestyle choices

  • human nature and human dignity, moral reasoning and ethical judgment, consciousness and mind


What is the meaning of ‘where’ and ‘when’?

Students explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • civilizations and social histories, heritage; pilgrimage, migration, displacement  and exchange

  • epochs, eras, turning points and ‘big history’

  • scale, duration, frequency and variability

  • peoples, boundaries, exchange and interaction

  • natural and human landscapes and resources

  • evolution, constraints and adaptation


What is the nature and purpose of creative expression?

Students explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • artistry, craft, creation, beauty

  • products, systems and institutions

  • social constructions of reality; philosophies and ways of life; belief systems; ritual and play

  • critical literacy, languages and linguistic systems;  histories of ideas, fields and disciplines; analysis and argument

  • metacognition and abstract thinking

  • entrepreneurship, practice and competency


How do we understand the worlds in which we live?

Students explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • systems, models, methods; products, processes and solutions

  • adaptation, ingenuity and progress

  • opportunity, risk,  consequences and responsibility

  • modernization, industrialization and engineering

  • digital life, virtual environments and the information age

  • the biological revolution

  • mathematical puzzles, principles and discoveries


How is everything connected?

Students explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; reflect on the opportunities and tensions provided by world-interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • markets, commodities and commercialization

  • human impact on the environment

  • commonality, diversity and interconnection

  • consumption, conservation, natural resources and public goods

  • population and demography

  • urban planning, strategy and infrastructure


What are the consequences of our common humanity?

Students explore rights and responsibilities; the relationship between communities; sharing finite resources with other people and with other living things; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Possible explorations to develop:

  • democracy, politics, government and civil society

  • inequality, difference and inclusion

  • human capability and development ; social entrepreneurs

  • rights, law, civic responsibility and the public sphere

  • justice, peace and conflict management

  • power and privilege

  • authority , security and freedom

  • imagining a hopeful future