Individuals & Societies in MYP

What will I learn in Individuals and Societies?

MYP Individuals and Societies incorporates disciplines traditionally studied under the general term “the humanities” (such as history), as well as disciplines in the social sciences (such as geography). This subject encourages you to respect and understand the world around you and equips you with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, social, religious, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments.

The study of Individuals and Societies helps you to develop your identity as individual and as responsible members of local and global communities through exiting topics such as: continents, World’s religions, Ancient World, Middle Ages, modern and contemporary World, climates, weather, ecosystems etc.

How will I learn Individuals and Societies in School?

The approach to Individuals and Societies includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. Students collect, describe and analyse data, test hypotheses and learn how to interpret information, including original source material. There is a clear focus on real-world examples, research and analysis. The study of Individuals and Societies helps you to develop the appreciation of the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs.

How will Individuals and Societies be useful to me?

Studies in individuals and societies help you to prepare for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning. The subject specific knowledge is essential for developing empathy and international-mindedness as well as developing an understanding of the past and present societies, how the world works and the global interactions.

What ATL skills are important in Individuals and Societies?

You will be using all the Approaches to Learning skills during the academic years at IST. Here there are some examples of Individuals and Societies specific skills indicators that suggest the importance of the ATL.

Thinking skills Consider ideas from other perspectives and points of view in a debate.

Social skills Seek out criticism and feedback from others, including teachers and peers, and make informed choices about including it in one’s work.

Communication skills Use appropriate form of writing for an academic report.

Self-management skills Structure information appropriately in an oral presentation.

Research skills Formulate provocative and relevant research questions for an investigation