The purpose of psychology is to give us insight into the things we know best.
There are a number of reasons why you may wish to study psychology.
Psychology is exciting
Is there a relationship between psychological disorders and brain biochemistry? Why do people dream? Can one person possess two or more distinct personalities at the same time? What are the physiological responses to stress?
Psychology is challenging
Does psychotherapy help people overcome psychological problems such as depression and anxiety? Can we change people's attitudes?
Psychology is useful
Psychology has a broad range of real-world applications, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few. Through this course you will also learn the range of skills such as oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.
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IB Psychology Course Information
IB Psychology is a course intended to introduce students to psychology in a manner that will further their understanding of human behaviour and thought using several levels of analysis. This is a two-year course, which will culminate in written internal assessment and two tests administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The course is broken into four parts: The Core, Study Options, Qualitative Research Methodology, and a Simple Experimental Study. For more information, refer to the IB Psychology Subject Outline - See more at:
The course is available at higher level (HL) and standard level (SL). In IB Psychology SL students will explore three core topic areas and one option. This course looks in depth at the topics of cognitive, biological, sociocultural psychology. In addition, students will study dysfunctional behavior, mental health diagnosis, treatments, and therapies. Students will gain an understanding of the history and systems, as well as theories and principles of modern psychology through current research. This class is a good option for students who have no previous IB course experience but are willing to challenge themselves. The class is dynamic, interesting, relevant, and interactive. This course is open to all students
In IB Psychology HL students will review topics from IB Psychology SL and will include the study of qualitative research and an additional optional area: health psychology, developmental psychology, sport psychology, or human relationships. Students will further develop their understanding of the history and systems, as well as theories and principles of modern psychology through current research. The class is dynamic, interesting, relevant, and interactive.
Key features of the curriculum and assessment models
-Students are assessed both internally and externally.
-External assessment for SL students consists of two written papers. For HL students there are three written papers.
-Internal assessment for SL and HL students is to write a report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student. This is internally marked by subject teachers and then externally moderated by IB examiners."
Alan Law, Christos Halkiopoulos and Christian Bryan-Zaykov: Pearson Baccalaureate: Psychology for the IB Diploma, 2010, Pearson Education,
John Crane, and Jette Hannibal: IB Psychology Course Companion: International
Baccalaureate Diploma, 2008. Oxford Press.
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