IB Social Studies Courses

*IB History of the Americas HL I

IB 20th Century Topics spans the first year of a two year higher level (HL) course. It is a thematic based study of the modern world. Among other things, students will evaluate the causes, practices, and effects of the two world wars, assess the origin and development of authoritarian states, and analyze the origin and nature of the Cold War. All of the topics covered in this course will be studied from an international perspective. The course will emphasize higher level thinking and will include extensive outside reading, writing, and research requirements. Emphasis will be placed on the research and critical analysis of primary sources to arrive at original historical conclusions.

*IB History of the Americas HL II

IB History of the Americas is the second year of a two year higher level (HL) course. It is a thematic based study of political, economic, social, and cultural developments in North, Central, and South America from the early 18th century through the mid-1990s. The thematic studies will include political developments after World War II, the Americas and the Cold War, and trends in American foreign and domestic politics since 1980. The course will emphasize higher level thinking and will include extensive outside reading, writing, and research requirements. Students will participate in the process of historical inquiry and thinking in order to assess the accuracy and reliability of historical sources in order to synthesize conflicting interpretations of past events. An integral part of this course is the creation of a research project on a historical topic during the fall. Students will be expected to take three examinations spanning two days in early to mid-May.


 *IB Psychology

The SL Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behaviour and mental processes of human beings. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with some of the major perspectives within psychology. The students will holistically study three core aspects of psychology. The first is the biological level of analysis which will study what is similar among all of us. The cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis will study the diversity between us. There will be two lab periods per six day cycle to explore these levels of analysis in greater depth. In addition, the course will attempt to explain the complexities of defining “normal behavior” by focusing on the historical and contemporary study of Abnormal Psychology. Through reflection, students will develop and understanding that although we are all biologically similar, our various cultures provide for vastly different lifestyles and needs and empathy for each culture is needed to facilitate that international understanding.

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