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IB Psychology SL and HL

(2-year course)


Grades: 11–12 (two-year course)

Subject Area/Course Credit: Social Studies, 1 credit each year

Prerequisite: SL no prerequisite. To enroll in the HL course students should earn a B or above in History II or C or above in AP World History, AND a B in Math 2C or C+ in Math 2B or C- in Math 2A, OR a teacher recommendation

IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behavior and culture. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB Psychology. Students are expected to gain mastery of the issues and problems in Psychology, to explore various interpretations, to carefully examine how knowledge in Psychology is generated and to be able to articulate their knowledge and critical thinking. The two optional themes are Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. HL students will study both options; SL students will choose one.