09 Feb Is ESS only interesting for students interested in science?
Many IB students are interested in this question. However, ESS is classified as Group 3 and 4 subject, therefore has the characteristics of both sciences and humanities.
What students learn in ESS?
ESS covers eight major topics: foundations of the course and its major ideas, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, water resources, soil systems and food production, atmospheric science, climate change and energy production, and the interaction between human populations and resource use.
The teaching approach of ESS is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues.
Because it is an interdisciplinary course, students can study this course and have it count as either an individuals and societies or a science course, or both. This gives students the opportunity to study (an) additional subject(s) from any group.
You will be able to study this course successfully with no specific previous knowledge of science or geography. However, as the course aims to foster an international perspective, awareness of local and global environmental concerns and an understanding of the scientific methods, a course that shares these aims would be good preparation.