IB Psychology (SL)
Open to juniors and seniors, this course focuses on the systematic study of human behavior and the mental and experiential factors that influence that behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the historical roots of psychology as well as an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience. Through the study of 3 major perspectives — biological, cognitive, and sociocultural, students will focus on the skills of critical thinking and the methods of empirical investigation that are the hallmark of psychology. Attention will be given to ethical procedures and issues throughout the course. The exploration of human behavior will also consider the opportunity for psychology to improve the human condition. The Standard Level curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to understand research methods through the replication of a simple psychology experiment. Students will also explore an optional subject area in depth. Students enrolled in this course must take the IB exam at their own expense.