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:


  • Foundations of ESS
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Water aquatic food production systems and societies
  • Soils systems, terrestrial food production systems, and societies
  • Atmospheric systems and societies
  • Climate change and energy production
  • Human systems and resource use


Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

  • Available only at standard level (SL)
  • The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150
  • A hands-on approach to the course delivery is emphasised.
  • Students are assessed both externally and internally
  • External assessment consists of two written papers and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding through the application, use, synthesis, analysis and evaluation of environmental issues, information, concepts, methods, techniques and explanations.
  • Internal assessment accounts for 20% of the final assessment and is comprised of a series of practical and fieldwork activities. This assessment component enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations.


av Lauritsen, Vibeke, publisert 30. mars 2014 | Skriv ut siden