Individuals and Societies

We believe that the learning of history is helpful for students’ understand of who they are as an individual or as a responsible member of the community they are in.

We believe that the study of individuals and societies helps students to develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities. These explorations of “the human story” allow our students to understand that in an era of rapid change and increasing interconnectedness, human story keeps evolving. Studies in individuals and societies are essential for developing empathy and international-mindedness, including the idea that “other people, with their differences, can also be right” (IB mission statement).


The IB’s approach to individuals and societies includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. History class in IEP Middle School will focus on learning through inquiry and research. In the history class, We will work on research projects that are robust and focus on exploring the concepts behind the facts and perspectives of history.  Students collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of societies; test hypotheses; and learn how to interpret increasingly complex information, including original source material. This focus on real-world examples, research and analysis is an essential aspect of the subject group.