The IB History Programme aims to promote an understanding of historical knowledge in breadth and depth across different cultures. It also seeks to develop an appreciation of the historical dimension of the human condition over time.
During the two year Programme students will acquire skills in methodology and research, critical and interpretative analytical discourse, analysis of historical evidence and essay writing. The IB History course focuses on aspects of modern world history.
Standard Level provides a general overview of world history. In addition to the prescribed subject, students will also complete a selection of modern world history topics, focusing on democratic and authoritarian states.
In addition to the prescribed subject and modern world history topics, Higher Level students will also study Asia and Oceania as their regional study.
The courses provided for Higher Level and Standard Level students are similar.
All students will study one prescribed subject relating to a theme in world history. This will be examined in Paper One of the final examinations.
Two further modern world history topics will be covered in preparation for Paper Two.
Higher Level students will also undertake a regional study. This region will be Asia and Oceania and will enhance the students’ understanding of the region for Paper Three.
Psychology is a Group 3 subject and is most appropriately defined as the systematic study of behaviour and experience. The study of Psychology allows students to develop insights into how individuals make sense of the world, how they relate to others and how they learn.
The IB Psychology syllabus at higher and standard levels is divided into four parts: core, options, research methodology and experimental study. Standard level students complete one less option compared to higher level students. Psychology is a growing discipline across a very wide range of learning areas including the traditional Arts and Science subjects, as well as Business and Media subjects. It is also an integral component of all Education and Health subjects.
Core (HL & SL)
Options (HL & SL)
Business Management is a rigorous and dynamic discipline that examines business decision-making processes and how these decisions impact on and are affected by internal and external environments. It is the study of both the way in which individuals and groups interact in an organisation and of the transformation of resources. The course is designed to develop an understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices and skills. The application of tools and techniques of analysis facilitates an appreciation of complex business activities. The Business Management course aims to help students understand the implications of business activity in a global market. It is designed to give students an international perspective of business and to promote their appreciation of cultural diversity through the study of topics like international marketing, human resource management, growth and business strategy.
Topic 1: Business organisation and environment
Topic 2: Human resources
Topic 3: Accounts and finance
Topic 4: Marketing
Topic 5: Operations management
Topic 6: Business strategy
The 21st century is characterized by rapid change and increasing interconnectedness, impacting individuals and societies in unprecedented ways and creating complex global political challenges. Global politics is an exciting, dynamic subject that draws on a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, reflecting the complex nature of many contemporary political issues. The study of global politics enables students to critically engage with different and new perspectives and approaches to politics in order to comprehend the challenges of the changing world and become aware of their role in it as active global citizens.
The Diploma Programme global politics 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 and processes, as well as 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. It also invites comparison between such examples and case studies to ensure a wider and transnational perspective.
The core units of the course together make up a central unifying theme of “people, power and politics”. The emphasis on “people” reflects the fact that the course explores politics not only at a state level but also explores the function and impact of non-state actors, communities, groups and individuals. The concept of “power” is also emphasised as being particularly crucial to understanding the dynamics, tensions and outcomes of global politics. Throughout the course, issues such as conflict, migration or climate change are explored through an explicitly political lens: “politics” provide a uniquely rich context in which to explore the relationship between people and power.
Assessment objective 1: Knowledge and understanding
Assessment objective 2: Application and analysis
Assessment objective 3: Synthesis and evaluation
Assessment objective 4: Use and application of appropriate skills