Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)

The MYP individuals and societies subject group incorporates disciplines
traditionally studied under humanities and social sciences. This subject
group encourages learners to respect and understand the world around
them, and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical,
geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural factors that affect
individuals, societies and environments.
The study of individuals and societies helps students to appreciate critically
the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs. Courses in this
subject group are important for helping students to recognize that both
content and methodology can be debatable and controversial, and for
practising the tolerance of uncertainty.
The IB’s approach to this subject area includes a strong focus on inquiry
and investigation. Students collect, describe and analyse data; 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.
The aims of MYP individuals and 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