Group 3: Individuals and Societies

    • History of the Americas HL   
    • Psychology HL (2 year course)   
    • Psychology SL (1 year course)


       History of Americas HL

    Course Descriptions 

    Grade - 11
    Credit - 1 Unit
    Final Assessment - NYS Regents
    Prerequisite - Global History 10 or AP World History II
    Recommended Achievement Levels: Teacher recommendation; 85 or better in Global History and on the Global History Regents
    Teacher - Mr. Roger Bubel

    The International Baccalaureate Programme in History is an intensive two-year study and is designed to provide highly motivated students with a rigorous program that will examine various aspects of history in great depth. In addition to extensive content knowledge, students will develop reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills. IB History of the Americas is the first year of a two-year course. Students will learn about the history of race relations in the Americas with an in-depth study and analysis of the following three topics: 1) Slavery and the New World (1500-1800); 2) United States Civil War: Causes, Course, and Effects (1840-1877); and 3) Civil Rights and social movements in the Americas. The study of these three topics will prepare students for the IB external assessment to be taken in May of 12th grade. Students will also be prepared for the Regents exam in U.S. History and Government at the conclusion of this year.

    Grade - 12
    Credit - 1 Unit
    Final Assessment - IB Assessments
    Prerequisite - IB History of the Americas Year 1
    Teacher - Mr. Roger Bubel

    In the second year of the IB History Programme, students will examine several important turning points from the 20th Century. Students will study one prescribed subject on the “Move to Global War” and two world history topics on ‘The Cause and Effects of 20th Century Wars” and “The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries”. Throughout the prescribed subject, students will examine two case studies on Japanese Expansion in East Asia from 1931 to 1941 and German and Italian Expansion from 1933 to 1940. Topics covered during the course include: the Russo-Japanese War, World War I, World War II, and the rivalry, mistrust, and accord brought on during the Cold War. Students will examine the actions of specific leaders, including Truman, Stalin, Mao, Eisenhower, Khrushchev, Castro, JFK, LBJ, Brezhnev, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Gorbachev. Students will complete an internal assessment. This assessment is a paper that is an original historical investigation on a topic of the student’s choosing. Throughout the two years of study, students will prepare for external assessment to be taken in May of their second year. The external assessment is a three part examination including paper 1 on “The Move to Global War” (20% of IB History grade), paper 2 on “The Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars” and “The Cold War”(25% of IB History grade), and paper 3 on “Slavery in the Americas”, “The U.S. Civil War” and Civil Rights and social movements in the Americas. (35% of IB History grade.) 

    IB PSYCHOLOGY HL (Year 1/Year 2)
    Grade - 11 & 12
    Credit - 1 Unit Per Year
    Final Assessment - IB Assessment
    Prerequisite - Successful completion of at least 2 Regents Science classes
    Teacher - Mr Marc Trzaskos  

    IB Psychology HL, a two-year course, examines the study of human behavior and mental processes.   It is a complex subject which draws on concepts, methods and understandings from a number of different disciplines. The study of behavior and mental processes requires a multidisciplinary approach and the use of a variety of research techniques while recognizing that behavior is not a static phenomenon; it is adaptive, and as the world, societies and challenges facing societies change, so does behavior.  IB Psychology HL offers an introduction to three different approaches to understanding behavior: the biological approach, cognitive approach and the sociocultural approach.  Throughout the investigation of these approaches, the course will focus on concepts, theories and research that have developed contemporary understanding in these fields.  The course places great emphasis on critical evaluation of those concepts, theories and studies.  IB Psychology also examines research and concepts regarding the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.  The course requires that students take challenging written exam at the end of their second year.  In addition, IB Psychology HL students must complete an internal assessment that replicates a psychological experiment.    

    Grade - 11 or 12

    Credit - 1 Unit
    Final Assessments - IB Assessments
    Prerequisite - Biology & Global History
    Teacher - Mr. Marc Trzaskos

    IB Psychology is the systematic study of human behavior and mental processes. It is rooted both the natural and human sciences and based on rigorous, empirical research. This course explores the science of psychology through three levels of analysis: biological, cognitive and sociocultural. The biological level of analysis explores what all humans share – genetics, anatomy and neurochemistry – whereas the cognitive and socio-cultural levels of analysis examine the diversity of human behavior and mental processes. Students will also explore abnormal psychology, studying the causes, diagnosis and treatments of mental illness. Specific attention will be paid to the cultural differences in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. This course is designed for students with a strong interest in biology and the social sciences.  Students will complete an internal assessment.  This assessment will be a rigorous replication of previously conducted research in psychology.  Students will also take an external assessment at the end of the course.