What do you learn in ESS?

learn in ESS

What do you learn in ESS?

ESS or Environmental Systems and Societies is a transdisciplinary IB course that combines the knowledge of different sciences such as biology, ecology, geography and chemistry in order to answer biggest environmental problems that we are facing today.

What will you learn in ESS?

During the ESS course you are going to learn about human society and how it responds to different environmental problems such as global warming, climate change or air pollution.


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 prime intent of this course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. Students’ attention can be constantly drawn to their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives.

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