2018-2019 Course Outline

COURSE:        IB Individuals and Societies 8 (Year 3)

TEACHER:        Adrian van Lidth de Jeude

CONTACT:        adrianvldj@go.islandpacific.org

Course Description

The overall purpose of the Individuals and Societies program at Island Pacific School aims to encourage students to respect and understand the world around them, and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. Through the study of history, culture, and current events, we will focus on big ideas that affected people in the past and helped to create our current society and values. We will look closely at world religions, their history, and the history of western civilizations that has contributed so greatly to our own culture. Students will be required to conduct research, write academic papers, make and support arguments and present information in an academic format. Students completing this course should develop a better understanding of the history that contributed to us being who, and where, we are today.

The aims of MYP individuals and societies are to encourage and enable students to:

Term Overview

Term 1: We will begin our year with a focus on thinking critically. This is probably the most challenging of the four IB assessment criteria, therefore we will spend some time delving into practices that help students to develop this important skill. Students will use these skills to help them investigate and present about a world religion.

Term 2: Our second term will focus on medieval history and the writing of an effective academic research essay. Students will investigate a historical event of their choosing as the basis for their essay.

Term 3: To wrap up the year, we will investigate the European Renaissance, Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Discovery.  

Resources & Materials

Students should keep their work in a binder labeled with both the subject and their name. Some work will also be stored as Google documents on the IPS system. They will need pencils, pens, and a standard spiral bound notebook (120 - 160 page) dedicated exclusively for this course.


Assessment in Individuals and Societies 8 is based on the International Baccalaureate - Individuals and Societies assessment criteria.

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Criterion B: Investigating

Criterion C: Communicating

Criterion D: Thinking critically

Assessment in Individuals and societies 8 is based on the International Baccalaureate - Individuals and societies assessment criteria. Please visit the link to view the assessment rubrics. http://goo.gl/7EXeBh

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Social Studies 8: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/social-studies/8