GROUP 3 - PSYCHOLOGY

The IB Diploma Programme Psychology course is the systematic study of human behaviour and mental processes. Since the Psychology course examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on behaviour, it is well placed in Group 3, individuals and societies. Students undertaking the course can expect to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. This will allow them to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour.   

The holistic approach reflected in the curriculum, which sees biological, cognitive and sociocultural analysis being taught in an integrated way ensures that students are able to develop an understanding of what all humans share, as well as the immense diversity of influences on human behaviour and mental processes. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are also key considerations of the IB Psychology course.

Psychological skills are integrated throughout the course

Standard Level

The material covered in the core includes biological, cognitive, sociocultural levels of analysis of human behaviour. The investigation of each level of analysis will be grounded in a historical and cultural context. Students will develop an understanding of the beliefs and assumptions that underpin each level of analysis and become familiar with the unique research methods most commonly utilised within each perspective. Moreover, students will explore relevant applications, and be encouraged to critically evaluate each level of analysis.

Standard Level students are required to study one optional theme from: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology of Human Relationships, Sport Psychology.

The duration of each option is 30 hours.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment
A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student (25%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: three compulsory question responses and one extended response (2 hours, 50%)
Paper 2: one extended response from choice of 15 topics (1 hour, 25%)

Higher Level

The additional Higher Level material is designed to allow students to develop skills in the challenging and important field of qualitative research. Qualitative research enables psychologists to gather a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its motivations.

Higher Level students are required to study two optional themes from: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology of Human Relationships, Sport Psychology.

The duration of each option is 30 hours.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment
A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: three compulsory question responses and one extended response (2 hours, 35%)
Paper 2: two extended responses from choice of 15 topics (2 hour, 25%)
Paper 3: three compulsory questions based on unseen text (1 hours, 20%)