Subject Group 4

IB Diploma Programme

Experimental Sciences

Biology HL
Biology deals with Life:  from molecular level to planet level; DNA to ecology and all in between: complex mollecules, cells, sun and energy, genes, human body, evolution, plants and ecology (with a field study of a marine ecosystem). It is for those who are fascinated by the complexity, beauty, synchronicity and diversity of Life. Or for those who already know that they want to pursue a related career. Hands-in practical investigations are the axis of the course. The starting view points : a necessity for us human-creatures to shift our doings towards sustainability, to recognize the intrinsic value of other-then-human creatures and to understand how we depend on them.

Chemistry HL or SL
The Chemistry course is mainly for students who will pursue more advanced chemistry or other sciences such as medicine or engineering at the College/university level. The emphasis is on search and discovery and personal experience in scientific method.

Environmental Systems & Societies SL
The Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) course concerns the interactions and interdependence of living and non-living systems, especially the impact of human activities. An inter-disciplinary course, ESS draws students’ attention to social and cultural aspects of the human-nature relationship, and includes a section on environmental values.  In terms of IB subject group, ESS is trans-disciplinary: it can meet the Diploma requirement of Group 3 (Individuals and Societies) and/or Group 4 (Natural Sciences).

Physics HL or SL
This course is for students wishing to follow a career in science or engineering. There is a large amount of practical work with an emphasis on the use of computers for measurement and data handling.
(See the website of Chris Hamper, UWC Red Cross Nordic Physics teacher here.)

IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their
natural curiosity.
They acquire the skills
necessary to conduct
inquiry and research
and show
independence
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
understanding
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
confidently
and creatively
in more than
one language and
in a variety of modes
of communication.
They work effectively
and willingly in
collaboration
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
independence
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.