Environmental Science

2 Year IB Diploma Programme Environmental Systems and Societies

Environmental Science

The IB DP Environmental Systems and Societies SL course is a rigorous but highly engaging 2 year interdisciplinary program which can either be taken as a group 3 or 4 subject. Students taking this subject learn a diverse set of skills. As a Scientist they will explore with a hands-on inquiry based, problem-solving approach as they investigate an environmental area of interest.

Students will gain a systems approach to environmental understanding and develop holistic thinking skills as they suggest management solutions from a personal to global scale. Students will enjoy exploring the cultural, economical, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. Through exploring cause and effect students analyze the sustainable challenges we face and learn how to be effective guardians of the planet in this highly rewarding course.

The course is assessed in two main ways, an investigation and written examination papers. The investigation is completed at the end of DP1 and satisfy 25% of the course. There are two written examination papers, paper 1 is a case study and counts for 25%. The remaining 50% is weighted on paper 2 consisting of short response questions and some structured essays.

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Year 12

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics Unit 1 Foundations of ESS Unit 2: Water and aquatic food production Unit 3: Soil systems and terrestrial food production Unit 4: Biodiversity and conservation. Unit 5 Ecology and conservation Investigations
Assessment Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Internal assessment criteria
Cultural and co-curricular links ToK - Value systems shaping our world
Technology - how it can provide solutions to problems
Geography HL - Anthropocentric viewpoints
ToK - Effectiveness of modelling systems
Geography - hydrological cycle
Geography - weathering and nutrient cycling
ToK - How can models lead to knowledge?
Biology - biodiversity
ToK - Diversity index - subjective use of numbers
ToK - Does specialized vocabulary help shape knowledge?
Biology -Ecology unit
Math, Biology, Chemistry - Processing data eg. Calculating rates, graph drawing skills
Events RS biology week - planning
Biology Olympiad Introduction
RS biology week - #biobake competition
Walking for water campaign - CAS
British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Fungal Foray
STEM Fair planning
Biology Olympiad Competition
STEM Fair

Year 13

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics Unit 5 Ecology and conservation Unit 6 Climate change Unit 6 Climate change and energy production Unit 7 Atmospheric SS Unit 8 Human Systems Revision Assessment
Assessment Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
Practical Activities
End of unit test: case studies, short answers and structured essay
DP EXAMS
Cultural and co-curricular links Chemistry - measuring salinity, temp, pH, dissolved oxygen ToK- Pseudoscience: Energy sources - making a choice
Economics - meeting global energy demands
ToK - Montreal Protocol - can one group decide what is best for the world?
Chemistry - Dynamic equilibrium
Economics - biological productivity
ToK - Paradigm shift and knowledge development - Circular economy
Geography - sustainability.
DP EXAMS
Events RS biology week - planning
Biology Olympiad Introduction
RS Biology Week - activities/ competition British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Deliver activities
DP EXAMS