International Baccalaureate

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Integrated English/Humanities - Grade 6 -8
(Humanities Component)

Humanities 6

Students will look at the importance of our links with the past, how we have built on the past, and how we will move into the future. The early beginnings of man will be explored leading to the development of culture, the shift to farming societies, and the beginnings of the first cities. The ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Greece will be explored.

Humanities 7

The humanities curriculum begins with the study of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which lays a foundation for understanding Medieval Europe and the Middle East, including the Renaissance and the Reformation. Careful attention is paid to the development of Monotheism as represented by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The year concludes with a comparison to similar developments in Asia during the same time period of study. Geography and mapping skills are further developed.

Humanities 8

The humanities curriculum in grade 8 continues the world-related programme followed in grades 6 and 7. Students begin the year with a study of essential geography skills and the history of cartography from ancient to modern times. Students then continue their study of historical periods: the Enlightenment and its effects on the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolution and subsequent rise of socialism; Meiji Japan. At all points, integration through literature and writing is made with the English programme.

Humanities 9 - 10

Comparative Government/US History of the 20th Century—Grade 9

The Grade 9 Humanities curriculum focuses on the role of the United States in the 20th century and entails a study of the domestic USA as well as its role in the international arena. The course also looks at comparative government and its influence on domestic and world affairs. The republican model of the United States, the parliamentary system of the United Kingdom and the Meiji / post World War II constitutions of Japan, in particular, will be studied. The course emphasizes the importance of primary and secondary source documents in historical inquiry.

International Relations - Grade 10


The fundamental concepts within this course include: Holistic learning, Intercultural awareness and Communication[1]. The knowledge objectives for this course include an understanding of the following areas: economics, politics, history, social and cultural factors, religion, ethnicity, geography, globalisation, demographics and environmental considerations. Concepts used in this course will focus on: Time, Place and Space, Change, Systems and Global awareness[2]. The course aims to develop the following skills: Technical, Analytical, Decision-making and Investigative[3]. Focus content areas include: The Middle East, Macro and Micro Economics, Model of the United Nations simulation and an India/Gandhi case study.   

[1] International Baccalaureate Organization 2005, pp.6-7

[2] ibid. pp17-18

[3] ibid. p19