Individuals and societies

Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, including one from Individuals and societies. They can choose a second subject from each academic area except the arts.

Subjects available:

  • Business management:

The business management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques.

Students learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national, and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate.

  • Economics:

Economics is an exciting, dynamic subject that allows students to develop an understanding of the complexities and interdependence of economic activities in a rapidly changing world.

At the heart of the economic theory is the problem of scarcity. While the world’s population has unlimited needs and wants, there are limited resources to satisfy these needs and wants. As a result of this scarcity, choices have to be made. 

  • Global politics

The global politics course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability, and peace in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels.

It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives. 

  • History

History is a dynamic, contested, evidence-based discipline that involves an exciting engagement with the past.

History is an exploratory subject that fosters a sense of inquiry. It is also an interpretive discipline, allowing the opportunity for engagement with multiple perspectives and opinions. Studying history develops an understanding of the past, which leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and of the world today.

  • Psychology

The IB Diploma Programme psychology course is the systematic study of behavior and mental processes.

Since the psychology course examines the interaction of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural influences on human behavior, it is well placed in group 3, individuals and societies. Students undertaking the course can expect to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed, and applied. This will allow them to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behavior. 

Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of:

  • human experience and behavior
  • the varieties of physical, economic, and social environments that people inhabit
  • the history of social and cultural institutions.

In addition, each subject is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, analyze critically, and evaluate theories, concepts, and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies.