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IB: Group 3: Social Studies

Group 3: Social Studies

20TH CENTURY ISSUES IB (HL)
Credit 1.0; Full Year; Grade 12
Credit: Social Science Elective
Materials Fees: Only those students intending to seek IB diploma or IB certificate/s will have fees.
Prerequisite: History of the Americas IB (HL) or department recommendation.
Course Objectives: This course is open to students who intend to go to college and specifically meets the IB full diploma requirement for Individuals and Society (Social Studies). This Higher Level course is the second year of the two-year International Baccalaureate curriculum. This year’s curriculum includes an emphasis on the end of the Cold War. Students will be required to write a 2,000 word in-depth investigation of a significant historical topic for their internal assessment. Students in this class should have above average or college-capable reading skills. In addition to serving as the second year of the IB curriculum for higher-level Social Science, this course counts as a social science elective for graduation purposes. To earn the IB designation on higher-level courses, students must take the IB external assessments.

HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS IB (HL)
Credit: 1.0; Full year; Grade 11
Materials Fee: Only those students intending to seek the IB diploma or IB certificate/s will have fees.
Prerequisite: Western Civilization
Course Objectives: This course is recommended for college-bound students and specifically meets the IB full diploma requirement for Individuals and Society (Social Studies). This Higher Level (HL) history course is the first year of the two-year International Baccalaureate curriculum. History of the Americas is a comparative course, which will integrate the histories of Canada, Latin America, and the United States from the 18th Century to the present, with a heavy emphasis on the past 100 years. This course is designed to promote an awareness and understanding of U.S. history and our interaction with the Western Hemisphere. Students in this class should have college-level reading and writing skills. In addition to serving as the first year of the IB curriculum for higher-level Social Science, this course counts for graduation purposes as one year of United States History.

PSYCHOLOGY IB (SL)
Credit: 1.0; Full year; Grades 11, 12
Materials Fee: Only those students intending to seek the IB diploma or IB certificate/s will have fees.
Prerequisite: None
Course Objectives: This course is open to any student intending to go to college and specifically meets the IB full diploma elective requirement. The course is intended for students wishing to have a deeper study of psychology than the semester psychology course offers.

Psychology is defined as the systematic study of behavior and experience. The course will focus on the role of research and the different theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology to understand the relationship between physiological processes and human experience and to study this complex relationship. To ensure a holistic viewpoint, each perspective will be explored using four compulsory topics: develop ment and cultural contexts, frameworks, methodologies, and application. Areas of study will include the compulsory perspectives: biological, cognitive and socio-cultural, the optional perspective, health psychology, and ethical research design and methodology.

*To earn the IB designation on higher level courses, students must register and take the IB external assessment during their senior year.