IB Diploma Programme Subjects

IB SUBJECTS

For the school year 2018-2017 we offer the following IB Diploma subjects at Hasseris Gymnasium

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  • Danish A: Literature HL/SL
  • English A: Literature HL/SL
  • Literature A: Self-Taught SL

The Language A: Literature courses introduce you to the analysis of literary texts and a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. You learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and develop the ability to reflect critically on your reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.

  • English A: Language and Literature HL/SL

The English A: Language and Literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. The course allows you to explore the English language through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions and its literature. You develop skills of literary and textual analysis and also the ability to present your ideas effectively.

“Doing the IB programme has vastly improved my language skills in English, German and Danish.” (Kristel Vinter Knudsen – IB Hasseris Graduate 2014)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  • Danish B HL (SL)
  • German B HL/SL
  • Spanish B HL/SL
  • French B HL/SL

The focus of the Language B courses is on language acquisition and development of the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of situations and within the culture(s) in which the language is spoken. To choose Language B courses you must have some previous experience of studying the language.

Group 3: Individual and Society

  • History HL/SL (obligatory for all IB students at Hasseris Gymnasium)

The History course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. It also helps you to gain a better understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past.

 

  • Economics HL/SL

The Economics course is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a dynamic social science, Economics uses scientific methodologies which include quantitative and qualitative elements. The ethical dimensions involved in the application of economic theories and policies permeate throughout the course as you are required to consider and reflect on human end-goals and values.

 

  • Psychology HL/SL

The IB Diploma Programme psychology course is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Students undertaking the course can expect to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. This will allow them to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are also key considerations of the IB psychology course.

 

  • Geography SL/HL

The Geography course integrates both physical and human geography and ensures that you acquire elements of both scientific and socio-economic methodologies. Geography takes advantage of its position to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps you develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.

“The IB programme has given me a possibility to learn Mathematics and Physics extensively, giving me a head start at the university.” (Marta Mrozowska – IB Hasseris Graduate 2015)

 

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

  • Biology HL/SL

The main aim of this course is to raise your awareness of biological connections and interrelations in providing you with a wide range of general biological knowledge. The focus is on the improvement of your ability to draw conclusions, understand biological processes and apply existing knowledge onto new problem definitions. Higher order thinking skills will be trained through task-based teaching strategies, which will also increase your communicative and cooperative skills.

 

  • Physics HL/SL

Physics is an attempt to understand the world around us, challenging our imagination with concepts such as relativity, and physicists study the largest galaxies and the smallest subatomic particles and everything in between. Since many mathematical concepts were developed by physicists, learning Physics will help you master them and facilitate your understanding of mathematics – but likewise, understanding mathematics is also essential for success in the Physics programme.

 

  • Chemistry HL/SL

In Chemistry you will be working with models and concepts to describe the characteristics of matter’s smallest particles. The Chemistry curriculum requires you to work quantitatively as well, which means that you will calculate substance and energy amounts and collect experimental data for further processing and interpretation, practicing your mathematical and practical lab skills.

 

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Mathematics HL

This course caters for students with a solid background in Mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include Mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as Physics, Engineering and Technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in Mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems. The course is demanding, and students need good mathematical insight and the ability to apply their knowledge to new situations.

“Doing the IB was the perfect preparation for university – first year Math at Cambridge University didn’t even come close to IB Math HL!” (Oliver Iyer – IB Hasseris Graduate 2013)

  • Mathematics SL

This course caters for students who already possess a knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply a variety of mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as Sciences, Economics and Business. This is a challenging course containing a variety of abstract concepts. Supplementing a thorough training in the principles of Mathematics, practice in the use of spread sheets and the graphic calculator give students valuable mathematical tools for further university studies.

 

  • Math Studies SL

This is a Standard Level Mathematics course, but addresses different needs from the Mathematics SL course. It has an emphasis on applications of Mathematics, and the largest section is on statistical techniques. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics. It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking. Students taking this course can utilize the statistics and logical reasoning that they have learned as part of the Mathematical Studies SL course in their future studies, such as Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages or Arts.

 

Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts HL/SL

The Visual Arts course enables you to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation.