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Category: Social Studies

Prehistory & the Rise of Civilization, Grade 5  

Fifth graders step back in time to learn about Prehistory and the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China and India. They learn about humans' complex lives through the lenses of geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, and social structure. Students use their knowledge to understand the impact on today's world. Etymology is also incorporated as a yearlong vocabulary unit of study focused on the use of Greek morphemes.    Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Ancient History, Grade 6  

In Sixth Grade, students look at present times through Ancient History. We study the major themes of Social Studies like Geography, Economy, Government, and Human Rights through directed Units of inquiry. The course begins with an intentional building of community and understanding of various cultures and diversity. We then move into Human Rights, where students study, reflect on, and evaluate Speeches and, in turn, deliver a Human Rights Speech of their own. We then pick up where fifth grade... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

American History, Grade 7

Students in seventh grade will learn about the history of the United States. From the first Americans up to the 20th Century. As we learn about history, we will be looking at various perspectives on the impact of major events in the past. We will learn about the country's history through eight historical themes:  Patterns of Population    Power    Trade and Exchange   Access to Resources    Expressing Identity    Science, Technology and the Envir... Read More
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Global History, Grade 8

In Eighth Grade, our central theme is globalization. Our key focus within globalization is how trade and technology have made the world into a more connected interdependent place but has also led to worldwide conflicts and economic problems. We do this through a series of aligned historical events which are outlined in the following units of study:   The Industrial Revolution   The Age of Imperialism   World War I   The Worldwide Great Depression   The Rise of ... Read More
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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 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
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16