In the 2017-18 academic year, YIS will continue to offer a limited number of grade 11 and 12 students the option of taking one of their IBDP courses online. These courses are identified in the course catalog with the notation “available online” next to the course name.
Online courses provide students with an opportunity to learn in a truly global classroom, with teachers and classmates from other IB schools around the world, and extend the options available to them. Online courses require a mature and self-directed approach to study. Students should be self-motivated and very confident using the Internet and wider technology. Further information about our online courses is available through our online course provider, Pamoja Education, at www.pamojaeducation.com.
Enrollment Limitations and Selection Criteria
Enrollment in the online courses is limited. Decisions on who can opt for online learning will be made on a case-by-case basis, with the following conditions, but not exclusively, taken into account:
• The desired course is offered at YIS but is oversubscribed.
• The course is needed for graduation or a college prerequisite and is not offered by YIS.
• The student has difficulty finding a third higher level course among YIS course options.
• The student’s teachers and tutors have determined that he or she is able to take on the challenge of independent online work.
Please Note: A student may only take one online course. Parents must sign a consent form to authorize online learning.
YIS will accept credits earned through online learning and count them towards graduation. An online report will be separate from the one issued by YIS and may be reported at different times than the YIS reports; however, all online courses will appear on the student’s YIS transcript. For transcript purposes, online term one and two will count toward the YIS semester one transcript and online term three and four will count toward the YIS semester two transcript.
Mandarin Ab Initio SL, French Ab Initio SL, Spanish Ab Initio SL
The ab initio course is a language learning course for beginners, designed to be followed over two years by students who have little or no previous experience of learning the target language. The main focus of the courses is on the acquisition of language required for purposes and situations usual in everyday social interaction. The ab initio language courses aim to develop the four language skills and a basic awareness of the culture through the study of the core syllabus. The syllabus contains the following themes: the individual, education and work, town and services, the environment, health, etc. At the end of these courses students will have developed an ability to communicate effectively in a limited range of situations.
Business & Management (HL and SL)
The Business and Management SL course aims to help students understand the implications of business activity in a global market. It is designed to give students an international perspective on business and to promote their appreciation of cultural diversity in the business environment. The ideals of international cooperation and responsible citizenship are at the heart of the course, which encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns and issues of social responsibility in the global business environment. Students should be able to make sense of the forces and circumstances that drive and restrain change in an interdependent and multicultural world. The course will contribute to students’ development as critical and effective participants in local and world affairs.
Economics (HL and SL)
Economics is a dynamic social science, forming part of the study of individuals and societies. The study of economics has many facets, and this is reflected in the broad scope of SL and HL courses. At its core, economics is concerned with the concept of scarcity and problems of resource allocation. Students will analyze how markets function and the ways in which market factors and government policies influence unemployment, inflation and economic growth. They will also consider economic theory in the contexts of microeconomics, macroeconomics, international and developmental economics. The scientific approach characterizes the standard methodology of economics, featuring a progression from problem identification, through hypothesis formulation and testing, and arriving finally at a conclusion. The HL course in economics differs from the SL course in terms of the hours devoted to teaching (240 hours for HL compared to 150 hours for SL) and the extra depth and breadth of study required for HL through the inclusion of “extension topics.” These courses also differ with regard to the number of external assessment components (three examination papers for HL, two examination papers for SL) and the weighting of the examination questions.
Information Technology in a Global Society (HL and SL)
This course involves the study and evaluation of the impact of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. The course explores the advantages and disadvantages of “digital culture” and provides a framework for the student to make informed judgements and decisions about the use of IT within contemporary social contexts. ITGS offers students an opportunity for systematic study of a range of technological, social and ethical issues which fall outside the scope of any single discipline. The course develops students’ understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and the impact of these systems on a range of stakeholders. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge of existing IT systems to various scenarios and to make informed judgements about the effects of IT developments on these scenarios. Furthermore, students are required to use their knowledge of IT systems and practical IT skills to justify IT solutions for a specified client or end-user. In higher level, students study two extension topics: “IT systems in organizations” and “robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems.” The course has an additional externally assessed component that comprises a previously seen case study based on a fictitious organization; this allows students to research various aspects of the subject, which may include new technical concepts and additional subject content, in greater depth.
The emphasis of the IB Philosophy course is very much on doing philosophy. Students develop their skills through the study of philosophical themes and the close reading of philosophical texts. They also learn to apply their philosophical knowledge and skills to real-life examples or situations and how non-philosophical material can be treated in a philosophical way. Philosophical questions are explored through an examination of themes and texts. Students learn through tools, such as critical and systematic thinking, careful analysis and evaluation, and construction of arguments. Students are challenged to develop their own philosophical voice and independence of thought. IB Philosophy aims to bring the subject of philosophy alive, gaining a sense of its richness and practical value in daily life and expanding our appreciation of ourselves and the world around us. It teaches us not what to think, but how to think. By participating in the great philosophical debates, students will develop their skills of rigorous reasoning; by study, analysis and criticism of the great works of philosophy, ancient and modern, students will develop their capacity to make reasoned judgments for themselves.
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. The course aims to develop students’ skills so they become adept both in interpreting others’ work and in creating their own films.Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in filmmaking, the IB film course explores film theory and history. The course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. Students are encouraged to develop the professional and technical skills (including organizational skills) needed to express themselves creatively in film. The course emphasises the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. At the core of IB film is a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.