ESS syllabus

ess syllabus

ESS syllabus

What is actually ESS?

Environmental Systems and Societies is an introduction to environmental science, which overlaps significantly with the IB Geography syllabus. It is science applied to ideas presented in geography, economics, and TOK.

We’ll study how different people around the world perceive and respond to various environmental issues, and we’ll dig deeper into their experiences and motivations for taking action (or not taking action). The issues students encounter in ESS are complex and challenging. Students will learn about the interdependence of the various components of our planet in order to reach their own conclusions.

ESS syllabus 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. We study plants, animals, energy, ecosystems, food systems, carbon and nutrient cycling, cultures…basically anything having anything to do with living organisms and the way they interact with people and the physical environment.

Environmental science and ecology are fascinating sciences because they combine biology, chemistry, geography, and sociology in an examination of interdependent planet Earth and our role in those interactions. Environmental science is also a rapidly-changing field as our knowledge of those interactions becomes more and more detailed. Because of this, current news and events will be an essential component of our program of study. I will guide you through the requirements of the International Baccalaureate syllabus, and I’ll share recent developments in environmental science.

How can I help you with ESS syllabus?

I plan to share my enthusiasm for environmental science with you throughout the journey of discovery that is IB ESS, and it is my hope that you find it as interesting as I do. Enthusiasm and interest, however, do not by themselves make a subject easy. The Diploma Program is demanding, time-consuming, intellectually challenging, and, ultimately, hard. I will do my best to ensure that your experience in my class is a positive, collaborative and mutually-respectful one. Remember that studying ESS requires time-management, critical thinking, perseverance, and focus.

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