MYP individuals and societies incorporates cross-disciplinary courses such as geography, history, political science, economics, business and management, philosophy, sociology, law and psychology. MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. It encourages learners to consider local and global contexts. The IB’s approach to individuals and societies includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. Students collect, describe and analyze data used in studies of societies; test hypotheses; and learn how to interpret increasing complex information, including original source material. This focus on real-world examples, research and analysis is an essential aspect of the subject group. The study of individuals and societies helps students to appreciate critically the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs. Course in this subject group are important for helping students to recognize that content and methodology can be debatable and controversial, and for practicing the tolerance of uncertainty. The study of individuals and societies helps students to develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities.
IB MYP provides aims, objectives and key concepts for individuals and societies. The Huijia Middle School teachers develop units, assessment tasks and rubrics based on the IB’s requirements and the Chines national syllabus of history, geography and politics. All the curriculum development and unit planning is done collaboratively. students will be cultivated a conceptual understanding based on different historical and contemporary issues through inquiry activities, classroom discussion, individual and group investigations, group research, critical thinking exercises, presentation and lectures.
Students will be assessed with the following IB Individual and Society subject criteria:
Criterion A: Knowing and understanding, Maximum 8
Criterion B: Investigating, Maximum 8
Criterion C: Communicating, Maximum 8
Criterion D: Thinking critically, Maximum 8
All the assessments need to be criteria-based and teachers need to provide task specific descriptors and rubrics for students. Each criterion will be used at least twice each academic year.