2017-2018 Course Outline

COURSE:        Individuals & Societies (year 1)

TEACHER:        Beverley Rapley        

CONTACT:        brapley@go.islandpacific.org



The focus of study of Individuals and Societies in MYP year 1 is on the global systems that are currently shaping our world, and the patterns that bring about change, even as we speak! The study of humanities is holistic, in that in order to look at one specific part of our culture/society, we must also look at the whole.

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



The following units will be covered over the course of the year.


Student Expectations

Required Materials


Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to four distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:


Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding 

Criterion B: Investigating  

Criterion C: Communicating  

Criterion D: Thinking Critically

For a complete list of the  MYP Individuals and Societies criteria and their relevant level descriptors for  Year 2, you can find it at http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/individuals-and-societies

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Social Studies can be found at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/social-studies/7