While all of these courses may be taken without previous knowledge, previous study will certainly be helpful.
Business and Management
The course examines business decision-making processes in marketing, production, human resource management and finance and how these decisions have an impact and are affected by internal and external environments. It studies the way individuals and groups interact in an organisation and how resources are transformed within an international perspective. The aims of this course focus on the development of critical, analytical thinking in the context of a dynamic business environment. Business and Management is case study-centered and based on real business examples. Students who do well are able to put together an argument as to why things happen and justify solutions to business scenarios.
- Business & Management HL & SL
In Geography students explore the inter-relations between the human and physical environments as it considers the processes of nature and the actions of people responding to the natural environment and the creation of man-made environments. Geography is a social science as it studies the manner in which people live, are distributed, and interact with their environment. It also has an applied dimension: through critical evaluation of spatial processes it helps decision-makers in planning and development at a variety of geographical scales. In the course examples of human and physical geography are taken from all over the world. The subject is assessed through a combination of coursework and a final examination. Field trips are an essential and compulsory part of the course.
Who caused World War One? Was Hitler a successful dictator? Why did Mao launch the Cultural Revolution? Did the atom bomb defeat Japan? History at IB level is about questions and argument. Challenge your teachers, attack the theories of other historians and build up knowledge of the dramatic events that radically altered man’s existence during the Twentieth Century. The internally assessed coursework (25%) gives students the opportunity to research a topic of their own choice, to develop personal conclusions and perhaps even to criticise accepted historical ideas. Not only is the subject itself enjoyable but it also allows them to develop skills which are highly sought after by employers. The ability to compile information, work out thorough responses and write convincing argument is paramount to many types of career from business to law or marketing.
Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)
How can music bands make money in the file-sharing era? Can a Russian teenager shut down USA electricity, water and gas supplies using a WAP phone? Are computers shrinking or growing? Will Mandarin replace English to become the Internet lingua franca by 2020? With one CCTV camera per five citizens, is the UK fast becoming an Orwellian state? Who should be responsible for the growing mountains of e-waste? Can you lie with pixels? Will goal-line technology take the drama out of football? There are no right answers to these questions but the ITGS course provides a platform for discussion of these and other important issues related to the use (or lack of it!) of information technology.
- Information Technology in a Global Society HL & SL
DP psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in DP psychology.