International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems & Societies (Standard Level)

The IB Environmental Systems and Societies course combines aspects from various sciences in an integrated approach to understanding our world. Practical laboratory and field exercises are a key feature of the course. The core concepts of the IB ESS course are: the principles of natural systems, population dynamics, resources for the global community, and the “big issues” that face the planet and its inhabitants. We consider how people have affected, and continue to influence the natural systems of the planet. We look at how societies, cultural perspectives, and environmental philosophies are exemplified in countries’ different approaches to resource management.

The goal of the course is to enable students to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, and to examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Regular use of current events as a discussion medium encourages the student to apply her understanding of environmental processes at a global scale.

*International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

Prerequisite: Biology. Chemistry, though not required, will be useful.

IB Environmental Systems & Societies (SL) Instructor: Beth Stinchfield