IB Environmental systems and societies
Welcome to IB Standard Level ESS
The Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) course is an interdisciplinary course which is unique in that it contains various sciences, coupled with a societal viewpoint, all intertwined to help you understand the environment and its sustainability. This course is designed to combine the techniques and knowledge associated with group 4 (the experimental sciences) with those associated with group 3 (individuals and societies).
The course requires field experiences which will further extend the interrelationships between the environment and societies. The aims and objectives which drive ES&S are influenced by the IB Learner Profile. (IB Learners are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. --
Using the learner profile allows you to critically evaluate differing societal viewpoints, ask questions, make connections of personal experience and different ways of “knowing.” Utilizing the Learner profile naturally allows for the Theory of Knowledge to be easily integrated. Not only will you learn important concepts in a meaningful way, but you will also reflect on your knowledge and values, be able to seek and evaluate a wide range of views, and demonstrate the capacity to reason critically.
This course of study will provide the skills necessary for you to analyze, promote cultural awareness, connect technology and its influence on the environment, and realize that global societies are linked to the environment at a number of levels and at a variety of scales and the resolution of many of these issues rely heavily on international relationships and agreements.
ESS is designed to give you the analytical tools and content knowledge which will aid you as you grapple with global issues and others as you continue your scientific endeavors and fulfill your role as a citizen and future law maker.
The IB Environmental Systems and Societies Standard Level (SL) course is outlined by the International Baccalaureate Organization
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