COURSE OUTLINE 2018 - 2019

COURSE:        IB Individuals and Societies 9

TEACHER:        Adrian van Lidth de Jeude


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. In this course, we will focus mainly on Europe and Canada between the years of 1750 and 1919. 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:  Colonialism, Imperialism, and Nationalism: Students will explore these big ideas, their historical roots, and how they have shaped Western Europe, Canada, and the world. They will see how these concepts have led to major disruptions such as the transatlantic slave trade, World War 1, and the treatment of Canadian First Nations. Students will gain an understanding of how these concepts shaped the current world they live in and still have an effect on many aspects of culture and society today.

Term 2:  Revolution: Students will investigate the causes and consequences of revolution. We will look closely at important historical revolutions before students will create news broadcasts that deeply examine a historical revolution of their choosing.

Term 3:  The first Canadians: Students will investigate early North America and its people pre and post first contact with Europeans. We will look at the fur trade and the implications this trade had on Canada’s First Nations and Europeans. We will then look at the rise European settlement in North America and the development of a Canadian identity, ending with the War of 1812.

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 9 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 9 is based on the International Baccalaureate - Individuals and societies assessment criteria. Please visit the link to view the assessment rubrics.

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for Social Studies 9: