Head of Department: – Mr N Eliasson MTL (BCU) BSc (Herts) PGCE (Cantab)
IB Course Outline
IB Psychology examines how the interaction of biology, cognition and sociocultural influences interact to determine human behaviour. This interactionist approach will require an understanding of how psychological investigations are conducted and applied, leading the IB Diploma learner to a better understanding of themselves and the diverse world in which they live.
Ethical concerns regarding research and methodologies are examined as well as the intercultural applications of the scientific conclusions.
In the first year students study the following three topics:
- the biological level of analysis: genetics, neurological functions and the effects on human behaviour
- the cognitive level of analysis: how language, perception and memory as mental processes affect behaviour
- the sociocultural level of analysis: how group dynamics and the effect of groups on individual behaviour can be better understood.
In the second year pupils are asked to look at two specific areas of human behaviour in greater depth:
- abnormal Psychology (anxiety, affective and eating disorders)
- Psychology of Human Relationships (explanations of attraction, communication and the maintenance of relationships).
Paper 1: Students are assessed on the level of analysis – Biological, Cognitive and Sociocultural (35%).
Paper 2: Students are assessed on their knowledge of Abnormal Psychology and the Psychology of Human Relationships (25%).
Paper 3: Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of qualitative research methods (20%).
An internal assessment will also be expected whereby students choose their own topic to study and, guided by a teacher, will produce a 1500-2000 word report. This will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and understanding of studies and the meaning of psychological research (20%).