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Group 3 in the IB Diploma Program


Where does it fit? The DP model

Group 3 subjects ∗ Economics, Geography , History and ITGS are Group 3 subjects, so fit into ‘Individuals and Societies’ ∗ They may be taken as a Higher level (HL) or Standard level (SL) * * In rare cases it may also be taken as a non-IB subject in order to obtain AISJ credit


Group 3 pathways


Economics - what is economics? ∗ Social Science ∗ Concerned with production and consumption of scarce resources ∗ Not strictly a business class… ∗ Not strictly a finance class…


The IB Economics Program • Microeconomics •Theory of the Firm (HL) • Macroeconomics • International Economics • Development Economics


Internal Assessment 3 Commentaries • Apply economic theory to a news extract •650-750 words each


What do you need for IB Economics? •Analytical thinking •Basic math skills •Ability to look at problems from different points of view


Why choose economics? ∗ Foundational for ∗ Business ∗ Politics

∗ Interesting and different way of describing society


What is IB Geography about? ∗ IB Geography is an important subject in our modern world of globalization and pressures upon cultures and resources. The ability to view issues from a wider perspective is appropriate for working in many different career paths. The nature of peoples’ working lives is changing. It is less likely that someone will spend all their life in one company or organisation. If your career path is to be varied you will need to develop transferable skills and be flexible. IB Geography fosters these qualities and provides a firm base for life-long learning.


What will I study? The ‘Core’

The ‘Optional Themes’

The ‘HL Extension’

•Both HL and SL students study the core and cover the unit - Patterns and Change •This includes Populations in Transition; Disparities in Wealth and Development; Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability; and Patterns in Resource Consumption

•HL students take 3 options, whilst SL students take only 2 •The options we cover are Hazards and Disasters; Leisure, Sport and Tourism; and Urban Environments

•Only studied by HL students •The HL Extension unit is called Global Interactions and includes Measuring Global Interactions; Changing Space - the ‘shrinking world’; Economic Interactions and Flows; Environmental Change; Sociocultural Exchanges; Political Outcomes; and Global Interactions at the Local Scale


How will I be assessed? Higher Level (HL)

Standard Level (SL)

The ‘Core’: Paper 1 = 25%

The ‘Core’: Paper 1 = 40%

The ‘Options’: Paper 2 = 35%

The ‘Options’: Paper 2 = 35%

Global Interactions: Paper 3 = 20%

Internal Assessment =25% One piece of coursework is submitted based on fieldwork

Internal Assessment =20% One piece of coursework is submitted based on fieldwork


History – what will I study? ∗ The IB History syllabus provides students with a detailed understanding of the turbulent period in European and international history between 1870, when Germany’s unification transformed and determined the future of Europe for the next 75 years, and the decades following the end of World War II in 1945, during which various states, such as Cuba and China, embarked on communist experiments that challenged the economic and political systems of the West.


…and how will it benefit me? ∗ As students acquire a deeper understanding of what happened and why during these momentous years, they also develop an ability to engage with debates about the values and motivations that led capitalists, communists and fascists to pursue their respective political purposes, and about the great conflicts that these rivalries generated. We now live with the legacy of these massive confrontations, and so an understanding of them also enhances our understanding of our present. Whatever your ambitions and future professions, these must always be pursued within the context of the world’s political, economic and social structures and values – this course will help you to acquire a better understanding of, and analytical relationship to, the world in which pursue your individual careers.


Should I do.........

IB DP ITGS Information Technology in a Global Society


What is ITGS? If I was studying a bit about the history, the economics, the politics and the people of Johannesburg what would that be?

the geography of Jozi

ITGS is...... “technography�


“technography” Real life “ITGS is the study and evaluation of the impact of Information Technology on individuals and society”- IBO Feb 2002

Current Useful Relevant


What will I do?

Learn about how IT is used in the real world Learn skills in application packages and apply them Investigate specific cases in depth and detail


So what does that all mean? ……in studying ITGS you will:

∗ Develop an understanding of the global impact of IT developments. ∗ Gain knowledge about the social and ethical implications of IT. ∗ Research specific examples of the impact of IT. ∗ Design and apply IT solutions to problems. ∗ Develop your skill at expressing your ideas.


How will I be assessed? Higher Level (HL)

Standard Level (SL)

The Project

= 20%

The Project

= 30%

Paper 1

= 35%

Paper 1

= 40%

Paper 2:

= 20%

Paper 2:

= 30%

Paper 3

=25%

(the case study)


Should I do.........

IB DP ITGS

Information Technology in a Global Society


‌you will also develop skills Many of these skills are vital for success at College/University and in the employment sector: Spatial Awareness -

Analytical Skills -

Map making and map reading nurtures a sense of place

Geographical investigations test hypotheses and involve data analysis Social and Environmental Awareness Being World aware and being able to link ideas together are valuable skills

Teamwork -

Fieldwork, an essential part of Geography, develops teamwork and leadership skills.

Self Management -

Computer Literacy -

The preparation of coursework encourages you to manage yourself and your time.

Using databases and spreadsheets are all vital skills in a business environment

Numeracy and Literacy -

Preparing reports and manipulating data encourages clarity and preciseness in the use of language

Problem Solving -

Posing questions and investigating the answers helps you in complex decision making.

Group 3 course selection presentation  

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