Social Sciences


Individuals & Societies is an interdisciplinary course that introduces and develops students’ understanding of and skills in a range of social sciences, notably history, geography, government, economics, psychology and business. The course is designed to be academically rigorous and provide students with an excellent introduction to and grounding in the group 3 IB diploma courses; history, geography, psychology and economics.


Students will be exposed to skills necessary for success in all Group 3 Diploma subjects. These skills include: knowledge and understanding, application and interpretation, synthesis and evaluation and effective communication. Students will also practice discipline specific skills, such as map reading in Geography or source analysis skills in History. Throughout the year, blog posts, online collaborative work, varied types of research and analysis, and work with graphics, maps, charts and statistics provide opportunities for students to deepen and broaden their understanding of essential knowledge, concepts and skills, as well as to authentically communicate that understanding.


Students are assessed according to the Middle Years Program assessment criteria which assess:

(A) Knowing and Understanding

(B) Investigating

(C) Communication

(D) Thinking Critically

In order to give the students the chance to demonstrate real understanding, they complete a range of assessments, both formative and summative, over the course of the two years. However, assessments will be varied and may include projects, including posters, podcasts, and oral presentations. Students will also do assessments modeled on the Diploma Program internal assessments, including geography fieldwork and historical investigations. Students will be asked to reflect and demonstrate their learning using their Learning Hub blog.

Grade 9 (MYP)

In grade 9, students will be looking at the global, national and local connections between varying communities. Students will explore the rights and responsibilities people have in their communities and address issues of development, power, privilege, human rights, and cooperation. Students will also complete a geography field work, looking at the impact of tourism on Kamakura.

Unit Title

Statement of Inquiry


Students will understand that behavior can be conditioned, but that biological factors are also at play

Social History

Students will understand that History can be seen through different lenses

Reducing Economic Disparity

Students will understand that making the world more equal requires cooperation as well as self-reliance.

Sustainability and Scarcity

Students will understand that creativity and innovations will be required to achieve sustainability.

Grade 10 (MYP)

Students will continue to address issues brought about by an interconnected world. In particular, students will look at the impact of historical events on modern communities and the concepts of change, conflict, perspectives, and sustainability. Students will complete a Historical Investigation about the Edo Period and a fieldwork study of a local beach.

Unit Title

Statement of Inquiry

Edo Period


Students will understand that there are different historical perspectives to consider when evaluating the effects of the Edo period on Japan

Students will understand the interconnectedness of ocean ecosystems and their role in shaping the world we live in

Market Failure

Students will understand the differents factors affecting financial markets and their impacts on society and the environment

Psychological Disorder

Students will explore psychological disorders and gain an understanding of the stigma surrounding them, as well as their various treatment options