IB Environmental Systems and Societies: Outline for Students and Parents
Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) Overview
Minimum word course summary:
Study of the environment and how humans have an impact on it. Analysis of the human impact from different perspectives such as economic, historical, cultural, socio-political and scientific factors, to provide a holistic perspective on environmental issues. During the course, students work on case studies from local to global, and in an international context.
Main topics studied:
Topic 1: Foundations of environmental systems and societies
Topic 2: Ecosystems and ecology
Topic 3: Biodiversity and conservation
Topic 4: Water and aquatic food production systems and societies
Topic 5: Soil systems and terrestrial food production systems and societies
Topic 6: Atmospheric systems and societies
Topic 7: Climate change and energy production
Topic 8: Human systems and resource use
Main differences between HL and SL:
Skills most often seen in successful students:
Skills in writing, analyzing, discussing, evaluating. Interest in current affairs.
Maths: Any IB maths course
Relevant university courses:
Environmental sciences, ecology, combines well with economic studies, geography, sociology.
Other useful info for G10 students:
ESS is science based course but also takes in areas from economics, geography and sociology, as a result offers a wider range of interesting topics than most science subjects.
Official IB course summary IB ESS guide, IB ESS study guide
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