The Middle Years Programme
Integrated English/Humanities - Grade
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.
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
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.
- Grade 10
fundamental concepts within this course include: Holistic learning,
Intercultural awareness and Communication. 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. The
course aims to develop the following skills: Technical, Analytical,
Decision-making and Investigative. Focus
content areas include: The Middle East, Macro and Micro Economics, Model of the
United Nations simulation and an India/Gandhi case study.
International Baccalaureate Organization 2005, pp.6-7