Individuals and Societies


MYP Individuals and Societies can be described as the study of history, geography, politics, economics, civics, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, business studies and contemporary studies. Over the course of the year, we will look at how individuals, civilizations and societies have evolved over time. MYP Humanities aims to encourage students to respect and understand the world around them, and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a wide context: historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural.


Students gain and develop knowledge and conceptual understanding as well as the skills of research, analysis, decision-making, investigation, interpretation and communication, contributing to the development of the student as a whole. Students will also explore how humans interact with their environment. We will also work at acquiring skills important for humanities students, including map reading, research skills, writing and analysis. 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.


These skills are assessed against the Individuals and Societies subject criteria:

A - Knowing and Understanding

B - Investigating

C - Communication

D - Critical Thinking

In order to give the students a chance to demonstrate their understanding, they complete a range of assessments, both formative and summative, over the course of the year. Assessments will be varied, including, but not limited to, group work, oral presentation, and multimedia projects. All summative work will be announced well in-advance of the due date and students will receive a task-specific clarification with each assessment.

Course Descriptions

Grade 6

Grade 6

Students focus on early humans and understanding the prehistoric world with the first unit, gaining an understanding of humanity’s origins, with a conceptual understanding of adaption and evolution. Students next study the interaction between Earth and Man which focuses on human adaptation to varied climates and danger zones. The next unit is an interdisciplinary unit with science,where students study the concept of sustainability by learning about water issues and possible solutions to threats to our fresh water sources. Students end the year with a focus on global interactions between our interdependent human communities with a unit on trade.

Grade 7

Grade 7

The first unit of grade 7 Individuals and Societies asks students to to focus on the concept of culture and global interactions as they look at positive and negative global interactions resulting from the process of imperialism and colonization. Students then consider how one person can change the world, as they study the impact of historical figures who lived during the Renaissance. Next students study how machines and inventions can transform society through the historical study of the Industrial Revolution, while at the same time make connections to the modern day world, justice and child labour. Finally, students wrap up the year telling the Story of Yokohama, learning about the history and importance of our local community.

Grade 8

Grade 8

Grade 8 students in Individuals and Societies starts with a study of World Religions as they study the role of the major global belief systems in shaping many of humanity's most important cultural, artistic and social achievements. Students then study the Global Development as they look at why countries develop at a different rate and how we can measure and communicate the development level of diverse nations. The next unit, students look at how they are global citizens, the role Yokohama has played in the globalization of Japan, and the positive and negative aspects to the global interactions. Finally, students have the chance to act as historians as they investigate a historical event, interview family members, and explore how people can have different perspectives about the same historical events.