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Individuals & Societies Introduction

Aims of Individuals & Societies in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The aims of all MYP subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.
The aims of MYP Individuals & Societies are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • Understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
  • Understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • Identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • Act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • Develop inquiry skills that lead toward conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live


Individuals & Societies 6

The sixth grade Individuals & Societies curriculum is centered on the Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies: Pre-K-12 Social Studies as adopted by the Ohio Department of Education. Students will develop and build upon awareness and an appreciation for a multicultural global community, which focuses on Eastern Hemisphere. Students will demonstrate a mastery of map and globe skills, identify significant historical events and individuals, compare and contrast past and present, analyze economics (production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services), and examine our political system. Our Social Studies curriculum supports our students as they become informed, responsible citizens.

Individuals & Societies 7

World Studies from 750 B.C. to A.D. 1600: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
The seventh grade year is an integrated study of world history, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing through global exploration.  All four social studies strands (history, geography, government, and economics) are used to illustrate how past historic events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic, and political factors. Students develop their understanding of how historic events and ideas from the past have left an impact on the world we live in today. Global interconnectedness is at the heart of this course.

Individuals & Societies 8

U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
The historical focus continues in the eighth grade with the study of European exploration and the early years of the United States. This study incorporates all four social studies into a chronological view of the development of the United States. Students examine how historical events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors.