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12 November 2013

IB Glopo Paper 2-type Question: Global Public Health

Today, Year 1 folks and I will begin tackling our first Paper-2 type question. We’ll use class time over the next week and a half, as well as any time outside that we deem fit, to: critically appraise the question, consider approaches to answering the question, pool information from material we have covered in class, investigate new information if necessary, outline responses to the prompt, draft and revise the responses, submit them for feedback, and then debrief on our work in light of the Paper 2 markbands. Given that we have more than 7 hours to do this, we should be all set to finish these around the 21st or 22nd of November. Our prompt is below


Discuss how the threat of disease is both a local and global concern


As we work together in class, please consider the following questions below. As teams, please craft your responses to each of these questions and post them as replies to this blog post:
  1. In what ways can I answer the prompt?
  2. What concepts need to be defined?
  3. What information/data/evidence/experience can I draw upon?
  4. How could I structure my response?
  5. What tools can I use to articulate or amplify my claims?
Once we've finished with this exercise, you'll want to look at both the Assessment Objectives and Markbands for the question. Use these as a frame of reference as you seek to organize the material you provided to the questions above. 

Finally, please be sure that you are (a) crafting your response to the prompt in Google Drive and (b) sharing this document with me. I'd like to have all of your responses by Friday the 22nd of November. However, since term grades are due on 3 December (a monumental day for birthdays in the history of music as well as the study of world politics at prep schools in South Florida), you can take an additional day or two of your break to finalize your responses. As always, I'll provide feedback to all of you who share responses with me. 

Assessment Objectives
  • (AO1) I will demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of global public health within the context of what I have learned in the Power, Sovereignty, and International Relations unit. 
  • (AO2) I will apply my knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in an analytical fashion. 
  • (AO3) I will synthesize different material and evaluate information and evidence from different perspectives towards addressing the prompt.
  • (AO4) I will select, use and apply a variety of the skills and techniques I have learned such as APA format for my sources or Levels of Analysis towards addressing the prompt. 
Markbands
MarksLevel Descriptor
0
The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.
1-5
The response reveals limited understanding of the demands of the question.
The response is poorly structured, or where there is a recognizable essay structure there is minimal focus on the task.
There is little relevant knowledge, and examples are either lacking or not relevant.
The response is mostly descriptive.
6-10
The response indicates some understanding of the demands of the question.
There is some evidence of an attempt to structure the response.
Some relevant knowledge is present, and some examples are mentioned but they are not developed or their relevance to arguments is not clear.
The response demonstrates limited understanding of fundamental political concepts and approaches.
There is limited justification of main points.
Counterclaims are not considered.
11-15
The demands of the question are understood and mostly addressed but the implications are not considered.
There is a clear attempt to structure the response.
The response is mostly based on relevant and accurate knowledge of global politics, and relevant examples are given and support arguments.
The response demonstrates some understanding of fundamental political concepts and approaches.
Many of the main points are justified and arguments are largely coherent.
Some counterclaims are considered.
16-20
The demands of the questions are understood and addressed, and most implications are considered.
The response is well-structured.
The response demonstrates relevant and accurate knowledge and understanding of global politics, and relevant examples are used in a way that strengthens arguments.
The response demonstrates a good grasp of fundamental political concepts and approaches.
All or nearly all of the main points are justified and arguments are coherent.
Counterclaims are explored.
21-25
A very well structured and balanced response that addresses the demands and implications of the question.
Comprehensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of global politics is applied in the response consistently and effectively, with examples integrated.
The response demonstrates a very good grasp of fundamental political concepts and approaches.
All of the main points are justified. Arguments are clear, coherent and compelling.
Counterclaims are explored and evaluated.