IB Environmental Systems and Societies a two-year science course that provides students with a coherent perspective on the environment. Our emphasis will be on the scientific details of our local environment with fieldwork and class lab time for hands-on experiences. However, the course is trans-disciplinary that satisfies both groups 3 and 4; students will draw on concepts from the natural sciences and apply this scientific understanding to political and social issues. Students will be expected to use what they know to establish positions on public policy, to consider diverse environmental perspectives, and to appreciate the international nature of resolving major environmental issues.
Through IB Environmental Systems and Societies, students will develop a perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and global societies, one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.
ESS stresses research, sampling methods, and the chance for students to express themselves through writing. Students learn through lectures, group work, discussions, labs and demonstrations, field trips, and written assignments
The major topics of focus (taught in no particular order) for ESS include: