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United State Great Seal

 

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Rodin's "The Thinker"

US History 1, Grade 9, 1 Credit

This survey course in US History starts from the 1760s through Reconstruction in the 1870s. Topics studied include: the influences of the American War of Independence on American government; the development and role of the Constitution and Bill of Rights in American democracy; America before the Civil War; the Civil War and its impact on the development of the country; Reconstruction, and westward expansion. Students will develop skills necessary for success later in the IB: note-taking organization; keeping a notebook; reading for comprehension; writing a thesis essay; learning research techniques, and interpreting primary documents.

US History 2, Grade 10, 1 Credit

This survey course in U.S. History runs from after Reconstruction in the 1870s to the present time. Topics studied include: the Progressive Era and American Expansionism, World War I, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. Special emphasis will be given to the Cold War and the causes, practices, and effects of war to prepare students for the IB History courses they will take in their junior year. Students will develop skills necessary for success later in the IB: note-taking organization; keeping a notebook; reading for comprehension; writing a thesis essay; learning research techniques, and interpreting primary documents. Students will also complete an Historical Investigation based on a question relating to American History.

IB 20th Century World History HL 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

IB History HL1 is the beginning of a two-year 20th Century World History course. The course will include an in-depth analysis of documents from a choice of the following three prescribed subjects: 1. Peacemaking, peacekeeping—international relations 1918–36, 2. The Arab–Israeli conflict 1945–79, and 3. Communism in crisis 1976-89. Students will also study a choice of the following 20th Century Topics in depth: 1. Causes, practices and effects of wars, 2. Origins and development of single-party states, and 3. The Cold War. At the end of the first year students will complete a 1,500-word Historical Investigation, using the skills of a historian to answer a historical question. The individual teachers select specific areas to study within the topics; but Nazi Germany, World War II, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and the Middle East are always popular topics. At the end of year two, students will take the IB Exam, which will assess their learning and analysis of the above subjects and topics in three separate Exam Papers. The Paper 1 Exam will assess students’ ability to analyze documents and to synthesize historical knowledge and documents. The Paper 2 exam will assess students’ abilities to analyze the topics they’ve studied over the previous two years. At the higher level, students will study in depth a 100-year period of European or Middle Eastern history, which will be chosen by the instructor. This knowledge will be assessed in Paper 3.

IB 20th Century World History HL 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

This is the second and final year of a two-year course for students who plan to take the Higher Level IB exam in May 2011. The grade 12 year begins with Soviet domestic and foreign policy during the Cold War, followed by a case study of one Eastern European country. We will then study the rise and rule of Mao and the struggles facing China after Mao's death. Next, students will learn about major events in the Middle East in the last half of the 20th century, including a case study of Iran, and an intensive study of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Finally, students will learn about the end of the Cold War and the struggles facing former communist nations. HL students will have the option to choose between "The Arab-Israeli Conflict" and "Communism in Crisis" for their IB Exam Paper 1 topic.

IB 20th Century World History SL 1 & 2, Grades 11, & 12, 2 Credits

The course will include an in-depth analysis of documents from a choice of the following three prescribed subjects: 1. Peacemaking, peacekeeping—international relations 1918–36, 2. The Arab–Israeli conflict 1945–79, and 3. Communism in crisis 1976-89. Students will also study a choice of the following 20th Century Topics in depth: 1. Causes, practices and effects of wars, 2. Origins and development of single-party states, and 3. The Cold War. At the end of the first year students will complete a 1,500-word Historical Investigation, using the skills of a historian to answer a historical question. The individual teachers select specific areas to study within the topics; but Nazi Germany, World War II, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and the Middle East are always popular topics. At the end of year two, students will take the IB Exam, which will assess their learning and analysis of the above subjects and topics. The Paper 1 Exam will assess students’ ability to analyze documents and to synthesize historical knowledge and documents. The Paper 2 exam will assess students’ abilities to analyze the topics they’ve studied over the previous two years.

IB Business and Management SL, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

This is a one year elective course for students who plan to take the Standard Level IB Business and Management Exam. Students will study the following areas: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations Management, and Business Organization. Students are expected to complete an extensive area of study in all five topics. Students will learn to communicate business ideas and information effectively and accurately using appropriate formats and tools. Also, they will learn to make business decisions by identifying the issue(s), selecting and interpreting appropriate data, applying proper tools and techniques, and recommending suitable solutions for solving problems in the business world.

IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS), SL & HL 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

ITGS SL is a one year course designed to help students acquire an understanding of technology and its uses. In year one, ITGS students will learn the basics of IT operations and a framework for debating the ethical implications of using current and future technologies. Some of the technologies to be considered include databases, imaging, the Internet, biomedical engineering, and many others. Students will begin to analyze and assess the application of technology to real-world settings. SL Students will also complete their internal assessment – developing a functioning IT solution to a problem in the real world; students at the higher level will work on internal assessments which represent more of a theoretical approach to IT.

IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) HL 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

Year two of HL ITGS moves into more advanced technologies. Students will learn about the current state of robotics, artificial intelligence, and expert systems. Students will solidify their own framework for understanding how society may adapt to new technologies, and learn to apply or adapt their framework to any situation. Students will complete their internal assessments, which consist of a portfolio of writing samples in response to current events.

IB Psychology SL, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

This one year elective course is for students who plan to take the Standard Level IB Psychology Exam. Students will be introduced to the history of the development of Psychology and three theoretical models found in the field, the Biological, Learning, and Cognitive perspectives. Students will specialize in cultural psychology. They will also study research methods and the ethics of research. Finally, students will design and conduct a partial replication of a published psychological experiment.

IB Ways of Knowing, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

Ways of Knowing is a one year philosophical and practical exploration of the difficulties of attaining certainty about the things we know. The course takes time to ask questions about how knowledge is gained and what obstacles lay in the way of that knowledge in each of the subject areas that form the IB curriculum. Course assessment tasks prepare students to integrate these concepts and perspectives into their more traditional subjects. These tasks include writing three to four essays, making two oral presentations and keeping a journal of critical reflections regarding topics addressed in class.

 


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