Subject Group 3

The College offers an extensive selection of courses for each of the Groups. If a particular course contains optional components, the College takes care to select those that reflect our three pillars: Nordic, Environmental and Humanitarian.

IB Diploma Programme

Individuals and Societies

History HL
The History course focuses on 20th Century World History in the first year and 19th century topics within the history of Europe and the Middle East in the second year.

Economics HL
Economics focuses essentially on scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. The course emphasizes the economic theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Theories are applied to real-world issues.

Philosophy HL
The Philosophy course is concerned with a critique of human knowledge and experience, and attempts to explain the principles on which knowledge is constructed and the values on which human actions are based. Emphasis is placed on “doing philosophy” with active and engaged students.

Geography HL or SL
The course focuses on five main themes: world population, urbanisation in the contemporary world, economic development, world food supplies, and environmental hazards.At RCN, this course takes a particular interest in development issues, enabling students to draw on experiences from different parts of the world to contribute perspectives for discussion and analysis.

Global Politics HL or SL
The global politics course helps students to understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives

Environmental Systems and Societies SL
See within Group 4 Subject page for a description of this trans-disciplinary course.

IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their
natural curiosity.
They acquire the skills
necessary to conduct
inquiry and research
and show
in learning.
They actively enjoy
learning and this
love of learning
will be sustained
throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts,
ideas and issues
that have local and
global significance.
In so doing,
they acquire
in-depth knowledge
and develop
across a broad
and balanced
range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise
initiative in
applying thinking
skills critically
and creatively
to recognize
and approach
complex problems,
and make reasoned,
ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand
and express ideas
and information
and creatively
in more than
one language and
in a variety of modes
of communication.
They work effectively
and willingly in
with others.
Principled They act with
integrity and honesty,
with a strong sense
of fairness, justice and
respect for the dignity
of the individual,
groups and communities.
They take responsibility
for their own actions
and the consequences
that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and
appreciate their
own cultures and
personal histories,
and are open
to the perspectives,
values and traditions
of other individuals
and communities.
They are accustomed
to seeking
and evaluating
a range of
points of view,
and are willing
to grow from
the experience.
Caring They show empathy,
compassion and
respect towards
the needs and
feelings of others.
They have a
personal commitment
to service, and act
to make a
positive difference
to the lives
of others
and to
the environment.
Risk-takers They approach
unfamiliar situations
and uncertainty
with courage
and forethought,
and have the
of spirit to
explore new roles,
ideas and strategies.
They are brave
and articulate
in defending
their beliefs.
Balanced They understand
the importance
of intellectual,
physical and
emotional balance
to achieve
personal well-being
for themselves
and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful
consideration to
their own learning
and experience.
They are able
to assess
and understand
their strengths
and limitations
in order to support
their learning and
personal development.