2017-2018 Course Outline
COURSE: Individuals & Societies (year 1)
TEACHER: Beverley Rapley
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:
- appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
- understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
- understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
- identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
- act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
- develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live.
The following units will be covered over the course of the year.
- Content: Through this interdisciplinary unit (with Individuals and Societies 6) we explore human rights and freedoms and governmental structures and their consequences using the story of “I am Malala” as a primary source of information.
- Content: Media analysis, the roles and responsibility of authentic journalism and the importance of sources and their impact on society.
- Content: Conflict, displacement and migration, and the causes and consequences of poverty and what is being done to combat it.
- Unit 4: Population & Demography
- Content: How to analyse population data and human demographics and geography.
- Content: Students put their knowledge gained over the year to work by inventing their own nations, where they will demonstrate their understanding of political, social and economic structures.
- Complete homework on time and meet assignment deadlines
- Always bring required material to class
- Participate actively in class and take adequate notes
- Complete work to the best of their ability
- Check Google Classroom for information and assignments on a regular basis
- Collect missed handouts and information after an absence
- Planner (provided by the school)
- Binder with dividers and lined paper
- Pens, pencils, eraser
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