Group 3 Subjects



Individuals and Societies

The courses offered in Group 3 are as follows. Click on the + icon to view more information.


Business Management

The curriculum model for Diploma Programme Business Management is a core curriculum for higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) students consisting of 5 topics with common content and learning outcomes as follows:

Business organization and environment, Accounts and finance, Operations management, Human resources and Marketing.
Business Strategy.
 

Assessment

Assessment for the Business Management course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL Paper 1
(1 hour 15 mins)
HL Paper 1
(2 hours 15 mins)
Paper 1 is based on a pre-seen case study issued in advance.
SL (35%)
HL (40%)
SL Paper 2
1 hour 45 mins
HL Paper 2
2 hours 15 mins
Paper 2 consists of structured questions based on stimulus material.SL (40%)
HL (35%)
Internal Assessment
Internal assessment for HL students is a research project and for SL students a written commentary. These are internally marked and then externally moderated by IB examiners subject teachers.
SL (25%)
HL (25%)
 
 

Economics

The IB Diploma Programme Economics course encourages students to develop international perspectives, fosters a concern for global issues and raises students’ awareness of their own responsibilities at a local, national and international level. The course also seeks to develop values and attitudes that will enable students to achieve a degree of personal commitment in trying to resolve these issues, appreciating our shared responsibility as citizens of an increasingly interdependent world. It covers Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International economics and Development economics.

The syllabus for both SL and HL students requires the development of certain skills and techniques, attributes and knowledge as described in the assessment objectives of the programme. While the skills and activity of studying economics are common to both SL and HL students, the HL student is required to acquire a further body of knowledge, including the ability to analyse, synthesize and evaluate that knowledge and to develop quantitative skills in order to explain and analyse economic relationships. These quantitative skills are specifically assessed at HL in paper 3.
 

Assessment

Assessment for the Economics course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL and HL
Paper 1
The structure of this paper is the same as HL Paper 1 but the questions that require extended responses may be the same as, or different from, the HL paper 1 questions. Students answer 2 questions in total, 1 from section A and 1 from section B. In each section, students are required to answer 1 question from a choice of 2. The questions are each subdivided into 2 parts, (a) and (b).SL (40%)
HL (30%)
SL and HL
Paper 2
The structure of this paper is the same as HL paper 2. However, these data response questions may be the same as, or different from, those used for the HL paper. The text/data used may not be the same at SL and at HL. Students answer 2 questions in total, 1 from section A and 1 from section B. In each section, students are required to answer 1 question from a choice of 2. The questions are each subdivided into 4 parts, (a), (b), (c) and (d). SL (40%)
HL (30%)
HL
Paper 3
Students answer 2 questions in total, from a choice of 3 questions. The questions are each subdivided into a number of parts. The number of parts will vary.HL (20%)
Internal Assessment Both SL and HL economics students produce a portfolio of 3 commentaries based on articles from published news media. Each article must be based on a different section of the syllabus (microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and development economics).SL (20%)
HL (20%)
 
 

Geography

The IB Geography curriculum has 3 parts as follows:

Patterns and change is the core theme of the Geography course and is for both SL and HL students. There are 4 compulsory topics in this theme, Population in transition, Disparities in wealth and development, Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability and Patterns in resource consumption.
There are 7optional themes. 2 themes are required for SL and 3 are required for HL students. The 7 themes are: Fresh water: issues and conflicts, Oceans and their coastal margins, Extreme environments, Hazards and disasters, risk assessment and response, Leisure, sport and tourism, the geography of food and health and Urban environments.
This part is for HL students only. The theme focuses on global interactions, flows and exchanges arising from the disparities that exist between places. Global interactions suggest a two way complex process whereby cultural traits and commodities may be adapted, adopted or resisted by societies. There are 7 compulsory topics in this part: Measuring global interactions and flows, changing space: the shrinking world, Economic interactions and flows, Environmental change; Social cultural exchanges, Political outcomes and Global interactions at the local level.
 

Assessment

Assessment for the Geography course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL/HL Paper 1
(1 hour 30 mins)
This paper examines the core theme.
Section A: 4 compulsory short answer questions.
Section B: 1 essay question selected from 3.

SL (40%)
HL (25%)
SL Paper 2
1 hour 20 mins
HL Paper 2
2 hours
Paper 2 examines the optional themes. There are 7 questions based on the 7 themes. SL students answer any 2 while HL students answer any 3.SL (35%)
HL (35%)
Internal Assessment
This is a field work type of study undertaken by both SL and HL students.
SL (25%)
HL (20%)
 
 

History

The IB History curriculum focuses on 4 parts as follows:

Prescribed subject 1: Peacemaking, peacekeeping and international relations, 1918 to 1936.

This prescribed subject addresses international relations from 1918 to 1936 with emphasis on the Paris Peace Settlement, its making and impact, the problems of enforcement, attempts during the period to promote collective security and international cooperation through the League of Nations, multilateral agreements (outside the League mechanism), arms reduction and the pursuit of foreign policy goals without resort to violence. The prescribed subject also requires consideration of the extent to which the aims of peacemakers and peacekeepers were realized and the obstacles to success.
Topic 1: The causes, practices and effects of wars.

War was a major feature of the 20th century. In this topic the different types of war should be identified and the causes, practices and effects of these conflicts should be studied.
This topic addresses East–West relations from 1945. It aims to promote an international perspective and understanding of the origins, course and effects of the Cold War, a conflict that dominated global affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s. It includes superpower rivalry and events in all areas affected by Cold War politics such as spheres of interest, wars (proxy), alliances and interference in developing countries.
HL option 5: Aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East.

This option covers major trends in Europe and the Middle East in the period from the mid 18th century to the end of the 20th century. Europe and the Middle East are geographically close and their similarities and differences have resulted in periods of cooperation and enmity. Major developments included revolutions, the decline of empires and the establishment of nation states, political, social and economic reforms and the emergence of dictatorships and the re-emergence of democracy. Although the focus is on major countries, developments in other states can be studied through case studies.
 

Assessment

Assessment for the History course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL and HL Paper 1
(1 hour)
Prescribed subject (source based).
4 short answer/structured questions (25 marks).


SL (30%)
HL (20%)
SL and HL Paper 2
1 hour 30 mins
Paper 2 examines the optional themes. There are 7 questions based on the 7 themes. SL students answer any 2 while HL students answer any 3.SL (45%)
HL (25%)
Internal Assessment
Historical investigation on any area of the syllabus

Approximately 20 hours (25 marks)
SL (25%)
HL (20%)
HL Paper 3
2 hours 30 mins
3 extended-response questions (essays).HL (35%)