Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Higher Level)


The main focus of this course is the environmental and political issues in geography that impact our lives and those of future generations within the context of North America. Major topics of discussion will include: the impact of energy use on our planet; sustainable development; issues related to trade and industry; food production and related issues; population growth and city planning; use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


Same as “core course” description for GE20PB


The grade 11 History course examines the development of Canada. The “S” level course is aimed at preparing students for university and as such involves a heavier workload than the “G” level course. In addition, students will also be required to complete a 1000 – word formal research paper and complete a divisional final exam. Note: Exemptions do not apply to divisional exams. A significant portion of this course will be focused on covering the Canadian History portion of the grade 11 IB History of the Americas curriculum which is continued in Semester 2. As a result, additional IB content and testing will be covered. Some of the major topics will include:

  • Aboriginal history, life in pre-confederation Canada
  • Evolution of Canadian government and its present function, history of immigration to Canada
  • Development of Western Canada including the railway
  • Louis Riel
  • Winnipeg General Strike
  • Extensive discussion of Canada’s role in World War I and World War II
  • Life during the Great Depression of the 1930’s


This is the first history course entirely dedicated to the IB curriculum. Students will be working with primary documents and preparing for the IB examinations in May of their grade 12 year. Students will not be able to complete IB history at the higher level without completion of this course. The primary topics of study for this course will be, The Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement between 1940 and 1970. Each of the topics will be thoroughly examined from the perspective of the United States and Canada.


This course is required for students wishing to complete the Higher Level IB history course. Students who have not taken the grade 11 IB History of the Americas course may still complete this course and receive a Standard Level IB certificate/credit. Below is a list of several major topics discussed in the course:

  • The Rise and Rule of Single Party States with a special focus on Josef Stalin and Fidel Castro
  • The Cold War including examination of its origins and development. There is will be special attention paid to the wars in Korea and Vietnam and the conflicts over Germany and Cuba
  • An extensive discussion of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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