2018-2019 Course Outline
COURSE: Individuals & Societies (year 2)
TEACHER: Victoria van Schouwen
Individuals & Societies year 2 is an in-depth investigation of the emergence of civilizations around the globe. We will be looking at the evolution of cultures, religions and technological innovations and influences and how they shaped our modern world. We will also look at the historic and scientific methods used in deciphering the human past.
The aims of MYP Individuals & 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.
- Unit 1: Archaeology & Human Evolution
- Content: Archaeological theory and methods, early human biological, technological and cultural development.
- Content: The Inca, Aztec and Mayan civilizations and their predecessors
- Content: Sumer, Ur, Babylon, Assyria & The Indus Valley civilizations
- Content: Cultural, social and technological developments from the Neolithic to the dynastic period.
- Content: The cultural, social and technological developments from the Old Kingdom to the Ramesside period, as well as Kush, Nubia and ancient Zimbabwe
- The rise and development of Greek culture, and the advancement of the Persians and the ensuing conflict.
- The rise and fall of the Roman Empire, from the republic to Byzantium
- 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
For a complete list of the MYP Individuals and Societies criteria and their relevant level descriptors for Year 2, you can download a PDF here.
For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Social Studies (Individuals and Societies) click here.