Individuals and Societies

General Introduction to Department

Individuals and Societies Department Philosophy
The Individuals and Societies Department strives to enrich the learning experiences of the students at TIS by focusing on the interactions of people, cultures and their environments through the study of subjects like History, Economics and Geography. Students learn to develop a respect for and understanding of others’ perspectives, values and attitudes. Students develop a sense of internationalism while also fostering a greater appreciation of their own culture. An effort is made to integrate a study of the host culture with the themes identified in each course. In addition to the regular classroom experiences, TIS upper- school students are active participants in our Model United Nations simulations.

For grades 6-10, the department follows the Middle Years Program developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The curriculum is based on a set of distinct inquiry- based themes wherein the study of subjects like History, Economics and Geography is integrated. Students are encouraged to undertake individual inquiries on the issues of relevance. Classroom experiences support them in this process by providing the necessary background knowledge, research tools, and language support. Cross-curricular links with other subjects are explored with a view to enriching the students’ learning experiences and to enable students to find real-world connections for classroom learning. Criterion-based assessment is used to provide constructive feedback and to decide final achievement levels.

At the 11th and 12th grade levels, the department follows the Diploma Program (DP) developed by the IBO. We offer IB History, Geography and Economics at both the Standard and the Higher levels.

MYP Aims

The aims of MYP individuals and societies are to encourage and enable students to:

  • appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
  • understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live.

IBO MYP Individuals and Societies subject brief

DP Subject Aims

The aims of all subjects in DP group 3, individuals and societies are to:

  • encourage the systematic and critical study of: human experience and behavior; physical, economic and social environments; and the history and development of social and cultural institutions
  • develop in the student the capacity to identify, to analyze critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society
  • enable the student to collect, describe and analyze data used in studies of society, to test hypotheses, and to interpret complex data and source material
  • promote the appreciation of the way in which learning is relevant both to the culture in which the student lives, and the culture of other societies
  • develop an awareness in the student that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity
  • enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and that their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.

In addition to the common group 3 aims, each subject area has additional aims specific to the course content:

Economics aims:

  • develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and concepts and their real-world application
  • develop an appreciation of the impact on individuals and societies of economic interactions between nations
  • develop an awareness of development issues facing nations as they undergo the process of change.

Geography aims:

  • develop an understanding of the interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment
  • develop a concern for human welfare and the quality of the environment, and an understanding of the need for planning and sustainable management
  • appreciate the relevance of geography in analyzing contemporary issues and challenges, and develop a global perspective of diversity and change.

History aims:

  • promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  • encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past
  • encourage an understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, regional and international levels
  • develop an awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.

MYP Units

6th Grade Introduction to Geography; Introduction to History; Introduction to Economics; Ancient Mesopotamia; Ancient Greece and Rome; Introduction to Money
7th Grade The Silk Road; The Middle Ages; The Renaissance; Age of Exploration
8th Grade The Scientific Revolution; The Enlightenment; Energy Resources; Population Growth and Policies; Population Movement; Introduction to Trade and Economics
9th Grade Economic Cycles, Growth and Development; Economic Systems and the Russian Revolution; Model United Nations; Imperialism; Hazards and Responses
10th Grade Political Systems; Conflict Resolution; The French Revolution; Industrial Revolution; World War I; World War II; Cold War

DP Topics and Units

Economics Introductions to Economics
Market Failure
Market Economics
Macroeconomic Problems
International Trade
Market Structures
Causes and Consequences of Growth
Development Barriers, Strategies and Evaluation
Geography Populations and Transitions
Disparities in Wealth and Development
Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability
Patterns in Resource Consumption
Freshwater – Issues and Conflicts
Field Work and Internal Assessment
Urban Environments
Extreme Environments
Global Interactions
History Causes of WWI
Bismarck and Unification of Germany
Russia – Romanovs, Bolsheviks and the Revolution
Treaty of Versailles and Impacts
Weimar Republic – Rise and Fall
Nazis – Propaganda, Economics and Foreign Policy
International Relations
Russian Civil War
USSR under Lenin
Stalin’s Domestic and Foreign Policies
Causes of the Cold War