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Category: DP

DP English SL

DP English Literature, Standard Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international-mindedness. Students who successfully compl... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP English HL

DP English Literature, Higher Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international mindedness. Students who successfully complet... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Business SL

The DP Business Management course develops an understanding and application of business theory, principles, and practices through an integrated study of key business functions – organization/management, marketing, human resources, operations and finance. This Standard Level (SL) course provides an examination of how individuals and groups interact in a dynamic and increasingly competitive business and organizational environment with limited resources. It encourages a holistic view of th... Read More
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DP Business HL

The Higher Level (HL) study of Business Management course is a more in-depth study of the concepts and techniques covered in the SL level, with emphasis on strategic analysis and mastery of more complex business quantitative tools and skills. The course culminates with two essay exams based on business case studies. Students will also design a project and formal research paper in which they use primary and secondary research to investigate a real-world challenge facing an existing company, ap... Read More
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DP Economics SL

The purpose of the DP Economics SL course is to encourage students to analyze how individuals, institutions, and societies deal with the central problem of scarcity. In the first year of the course, students will examine this issue from a microeconomic level (decisions made by individuals and specific institutions and firms), as well as macroeconomic (decisions made by entire nations/economies). In the second year of the course, students will explore issues in international economics (free tr... Read More
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DP Economics HL

The purpose of the DP Economics HL course is to encourage students to analyze how individuals, institutions, and societies deal with the central problem of scarcity. In the first year of the course, students will examine this issue from a microeconomic level (decisions made by individuals and specific institutions and firms), as well as macroeconomic (decisions made by entire nations/economies). In the second year of the course, students will explore issues in international economics (free tr... Read More
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IB DP 20th Century History HL

This two-year course is a study of topics in 20th century world history and US history (with an emphasis on globalizing American history). DP History HL consists of three examinations and one internal assessment. For Paper 1, a skills-based assessment, students will examine the beginnings of the Second World War in both Asia and Europe. For Paper 2, students will study world history topics including Authoritarian States (specifically those of Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro); and su... Read More
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DP Social and Cultural Anthropology HL

The social and cultural anthropology course explores humankind in all its diversity through the comparative study of culture and society. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, globalization, human rights, inequality and poverty, technology, and violence. This course offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assu... Read More
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DP Social and Cultural Anthropology SL

The social and cultural anthropology course explores humankind in all its diversity through the comparative study of culture and society. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, globalization, human rights, inequality and poverty, technology, and violence. This course offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assu... Read More
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DP Psychology SL

The course provides students with an understanding of the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior. Students are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach based on scientific and investigative methods. The areas of psychology that will be addressed during the first year include the physiological origins of human behavior, language and thinking, memory, emotion, and sociocultural interaction. During the second year, students will learn more about ab... Read More
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DP Psychology HL

DP psychology provides students with an understanding of the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior. Students are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach based on scientific and investigative methods. The areas of psychology that will be addressed during the first year include the physiological origins of human behavior, language and thinking, memory, emotion, and sociocultural interaction. During the second year, students will learn more about... Read More
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DP 20th Century World History

This two-year course is a study of topics in 20th century world history. DP History SL consists of two examinations and one internal assessment. For Paper 1, a skills-based assessment, students will compare Civil Rights in the US and apartheid South Africa. For Paper 2, students will study world history topics including: the causes, practices and effects of 20th century wars (case studies include the Second World War, the Chinese Civil War and the Cuban Revolution); authoritarian states (spec... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL

The DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL course is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics and the use of math in the real world. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes in mathematics. This course concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related as far as... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL

The DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL course is designed for students who are interested in describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics. They should also be interested in using technology alongside mathematics to develop and use models of real-world situations. Students taking this course should have strong mathematics fundamentals and a sound understanding of algebra. This course is intended to meet the needs of students whose interest in math... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL

The DP Mathematics SL: Analysis and Approaches course is designed for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who intend to pursue mathematics at university or college subjects that have a large mathematical content. It is for students who enjoy a theoretical approach to mathematics and also enjoy problem solving and exploring real and abstract applications with and without the use of technology. This course focuses on introducing important mathematical conc... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL

The emphasis of DP Math HL: Analysis and Approaches is the study and use of analytic methods with an in-depth study of advanced calculus – appropriate for pure mathematicians, engineers, scientists, economists, and those with an interest in analytic methods. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics content such as mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or some economics courses. The nature of the subject is such that it... Read More
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DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL This course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition and looks at them in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific... Read More
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DP Environmental Science and Societies SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL Environmental Science and Societies is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food ... Read More
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DP Chemistry SL

Chemistry Standard Level (SL) is a course of study that will mirror a first year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL cover a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment (IA) sch... Read More
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DP Biology SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anato... Read More
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DP Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, DP Physics SL, Further Biology DP Standard Level (SL) Physics is a course study that includes Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular motion, Energy and the environment, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, students are required to complete additional work related to either Engineering physics, Astrophysics, Digital imaging or Relativity. An additional 40 hours of laboratory time will be required, over... Read More
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DP Computer Science HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology DP Computer Science HL will give students an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computational thinking as well as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices operate. Students will need to think procedurally, logically, concurrently, abstractly, recursively and think ahead. They will utilize an experimental and inquiry-based approach to problem-solving, developing algorithms and expressing th... Read More
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DP Chemistry HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology Chemistry Higher Level (HL) is a course of study that will mirror a first-year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL ... Read More
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DP Physics HL

DP Higher Level (HL) Physics is a course study that covers all the topics listed in DP SL Physics but to a deeper level. Topics include Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion, Energy, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, DP Physics HL covers topics covering Engineering Physics and Relativity, both special and general. This course includes a minimum of 60 hours of laboratory work required over the course of the two years. A project in th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Biology HL

The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anatomy and physiology, learning how we function and maintain physical health. In additi... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Environmental Systems and Societies HL

Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course which focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food production systems and societies, Soil systems... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP French SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the French language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Francophone cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Francophone cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social O... Read More
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DP Mandarin SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the Mandarin language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Chinese cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Chinese cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organiz... Read More
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DP Spanish ab initio SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to help students develop basic-high to intermediate-low linguistic skills while developing an intercultural understanding of their culture and those of Spanish-speaking countries. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organization and Sharing the Planet, and the study of different text formats. These will allow students to compare the target language and culture(s) to other languages and... Read More
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DP Spanish HL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the Spanish language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Hispanic cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Hispanic cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organi... Read More
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DP Visual Arts HL - Years 1 and 2

The IB Visual Arts DP HL course is an advanced-level visual arts course that is offered over two years- grades 11 and 12. Simply stated, this is a holistic course that is part art history, art appreciation and art criticism; part art investigation and experimentation, and part curated art exhibition. It is designed to provoke a student’s contemplative, experimental and creative investigative journey that results in a considerable body of personally important artwork, technique experimen... Read More
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DP Visual Arts SL - Years 1 and 2

Prerequisite: Departmental approval  The IB Visual Arts DP HL course is an advanced-level visual arts course that is offered over two years- grades 11 and 12. Simply stated, this is a holistic course that is part art history, art appreciation and art criticism; part art investigation and experimentation, and part curated art exhibition. It is designed to provoke a student’s contemplative, experimental and creative investigative journey that results in a considerable body of person... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Film SL

Prerequisite: Departmental approval The IB Diploma Programme Film SL and HL courses are an analysis and study of the history and historical context of film, artist influence of film makers, and the exploration analysis and experimentation of different production roles and film texts, or scripts. DP Film SL and HL students engage in in-depth study in written form of all aspects of film, and also exploration of film production roles. This course is designed for students who have an abiding int... Read More
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DP Film HL

Prerequisite: Departmental approval The IB Diploma Programme Film SL and HL courses are an analysis and study of the history and historical context of film, artist influence of film makers, and the exploration analysis and experimentation of different production roles and film texts, or scripts. DP Film SL and HL students engage in in-depth study in written form of all aspects of film, and also exploration of film production roles. The DP Film HL course also requires the exploration of actua... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Theatre Arts SL

The theatre course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of an ensemble. Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in theatre. A further challenge for students following this course is for them to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to understand and value those of others. This requires a willingness to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Theatre Arts HL

The theatre course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of an ensemble. Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in theatre. A further challenge for students following this course is for them to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to understand and value those of others. This requires a willingness to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Dance HL

This course focuses on the composition, performance and analysis of dance, or “expressive movement,” which is practiced amongst peoples of various backgrounds, and for a variety of purposes, throughout the world. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon dance forms and styles from a range of cultures and traditions, both familiar and unfamiliar. The HL dance course aims to help students to understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and t... Read More
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DP Design Technology SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology IB Design Technology is a multi-disciplinary course that draws on areas of knowledge that includes science, business, and art. Students will learn and delve into a complete design research and strategy, culminating in the creation of a product. Students will have the option to further develop their product into a company offering that will be created in other classes at Lausanne. They will le... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16