Group 3: Individuals & Societies
IB DP History of the Americas HL1
This course is a comparative and integrated exploration of the relationship of the United States, Canadian, and Latin American histories. Emphasis is placed on a comparative analysis of social, political, and economic issues within the Western Hemisphere with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills, as well as gain factual knowledge and develop an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking. Topics include: Independence Movements in the Americas, the Mexican Revolution and Civil Rights and Social Movements in the Americas post 1945. Presentation of a formal, independent research project is required and internally assessed. This course is one of the two courses leading to the examination in History at the Higher Level.
Completion of the two year course, IB DP History of the Americas HL1 and HL2, fulfills graduation requirements in Economics and People and Politics.
IB DP History of the Americas HL2
This is one of the two courses designed to meet the requirements of the IB DP History curriculum and to prepare students for the three externally moderated exams. The course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. This course focuses on three major themes designated in the IB curriculum: Rights and Protests, Independence Movements, and Emergence and development of democratic states. The course employs case studies in order to have students explore the themes present in 19th and 20th Century history in Asia/Oceania, Africa/Middle East, Europe and the Americas. In addition, the course is specifically designed to build the skills of historians' argumentative writing, original research, document analysis and historiography. Presentation of a formal, independent research project is required and internally assessed.
Completion of the two-year course, IB DP History of the Americas HL1 and HL2, fulfills graduation requirements in Economics and People and Politics.
IB DP Global Politics SL
The 21st century is characterized by rapid change and increasing interconnectedness, impacting people in unprecedented ways and creating complex global political challenges. The study of global politics enables students to critically engage with different and new perspectives and approaches to politics, in order to better make sense of this changing world and their role in it as active citizens. Global politics is an exciting dynamic subject which draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, reflecting the complex nature of many contemporary political issues. The course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability and peace, in a range of contexts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives. The course helps students to understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies.
Completion of IB DP Global Politics fulfills graduation requirements in People and Politics.
IB DP Business Management SL
The Business Management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment, and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Links between the topics are central to the course.
Students can earn dual credit through PCC.
IB DP Psychology SL
Students study and critically evaluate the knowledge, concepts, theories and research that have developed the understanding in these fields. The interaction of these approaches to studying psychology forms the basis of a holistic and integrated approach to understanding mental processes and behavior as a complex, dynamic phenomenon, allowing students to appreciate the diversity as well as the commonality between their own behavior and that of others. The contribution and the interaction of the three approaches is understood through the four options in the course, focusing on areas of applied psychology: abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, and the psychology of relationships. The options provide an opportunity to take what is learned from the study of the approaches to psychology and apply it to specific lines of inquiry. Psychologists employ a range of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to test their observations and hypotheses. IB DP Psychology promotes an understanding of the various approaches to research and how they are used to critically reflect on the evidence as well as assist in the design, implementation, analysis and evaluation of the students’ own investigations. Surrounding the approaches and the options are the overarching themes of research and ethics.