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IBDP Syllabus & Approaches

IBO’s official link for detailed information on IBDP: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

IBDP Geography Syllabus

The aims of the Geography syllabus SL and HL are to enable students to:

Develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales

Develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:

Acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues, or wicked problems, have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes.

Synthesizing diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved.

Understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales.

There are four assessment objectives (AOs) for the SL and HL Diploma Programme geography course:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specified content
  2. Demonstrate application and analysis of knowledge and understanding
  3. Demonstrate synthesis and evaluation
  4. Select, use and apply a variety of appropriate skills and techniques

New Geography syllabus outline for IBDP 2019 onwards

 Diploma Programme geography
SL and HL curriculum
(first teaching September 2017)
SL teaching hoursSL assessment
(first assessment May 2019)
HL teaching hoursHL assessment
(first assessment May 2019)
Part oneGeographic themes — seven options
Two options are studied at SL, and three at HL
Freshwater—drainage basins
Oceans and coastal margins
Extreme environments
Geophysical hazards
Leisure, tourism and sport
Food and health
Urban environments
60 hoursPaper 1
SL weight 35%
45 minutes per option question
Total 1 hour 30 minutes
Each option has a structured question and one extended answer question from a choice of two.
20 (10 + 10) marks per option
Total 40 marks
90 hoursPaper 1
HL weight 35%
45 minutes per option question
Total 2 hours 15 minutes
Each option has a structured question and one extended answer question from a choice of two.
20 (10 + 10) marks per option
Total 60 marks
Part twoSL and HL core
Geographic perspectives —global change
Population distributio n—changing population
Global climate —vulnerability and resilience
Global resource consumption and security
70 hoursPaper 2
SL weight 40%
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Paper 2 Section A
Three structured questions, based on each SL/HL core unit
30 marks
Paper 2 Section B
Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions
10 marks
Paper 2 Section C
One extended answer question from a choice of two
10 marks
Total 50 marks
70 hoursPaper 2
HL weight 25%
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Paper 2 Section A
Three structured questions, based on each SL/HL core unit
30 marks
Paper 2 Section B
Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions
10 marks
Paper 2 Section C
One extended answer question from a choice of two
10 marks
Total 50 marks
Part two HL core extensionHL only
Geographic perspectives —global interactions
Power, places and networks
Human development and diversity
Global risks and resilience
60 hoursPaper 3
HL weight 20%
Total 1 hour
Choice of three extended answer questions, with two parts, based on each HL core unit
28 marks
Part A—12 marks
Part B—16 marks
Total examination time2 hours 45 minutes4 hours 30 minutes
Internal assessmentSL and HL
Fieldwork
Fieldwork, leading to one written report based on a fieldwork question, information collection and analysis with evaluation
20 hoursInternal assessment
SL weight 25%
Fieldwork question to be based on any suitable topic from the syllabus
Total 25 marks
20 hoursInternal assessment
HL weight 20%
Fieldwork question to be based on any suitable topic from the syllabus
Total 25 marks
Total teaching hours150 hours240 hours

Reference:

https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/d_3_geogr_gui_1702_1/apps/dpapp/guide.html?doc=d_3_geogr_gui_1702_1_e&part=2&chapter=1

Click here to download IBDP 2019 Geography Syllabus and Subject Guide

 

IB Learner Profile and Rules and regulations of the Lesson

There are four assessment objectives (AOs) for the SL and HL Diploma Programme geography course

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specified content

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core theme—patterns and change
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two optional themes at SL and three optional themes at HL
  • At HL only, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the HL extension—global interactions
  • In internal assessment, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific geographic research topic

2. Demonstrate application and analysis of knowledge and understanding

  • Apply and analyse geographic concepts and theories
  • Identify and interpret geographic patterns and processes in unfamiliar information, data and cartographic material
  • Demonstrate the extent to which theories and concepts are recognized and understood in particular contexts

3. Demonstrate synthesis and evaluation

  • Examine and evaluate geographic concepts, theories and perceptions
  • Use geographic concepts and examples to formulate and present an argument
  • Evaluate materials using methodology appropriate for geographic fieldwork
  • At HL only, demonstrate synthesis and evaluation of the HL extension–global interactions

4. Select, use and apply a variety of appropriate skills and techniques

  • Select, use and apply the prescribed geographic skills in appropriate contexts
  • Produce well‑structured written material, using appropriate terminology
  • Select, use and apply techniques and skills appropriate to a geographic research question

Further guidance on IB approaches

Use of case studies and examples
Case studies and examples must be used where appropriate to illustrate content.
A case study is a detailed, located example for discussion or a discursive approach. Ideally, case studies
selected should be recent; that is, they should have occurred within the student’s lifetime and should not
be historical. The use of historical case studies could lead to students losing marks. For example, using the
destruction of Pompeii as an example of volcanic destruction is not recommended.

Geographic models
Students can study models to illustrate concepts relevant to particular topics but examination questions will
not require students to have prior knowledge of any specific model.

Use of maps and diagrams
Students are expected to include well‑drawn, large, relevant maps, sketches, tables and diagrams as often
as applicable. Only metric maps will be used for examinations.

Annotated maps
Examination questions frequently refer to “annotated maps”. Annotating maps requires students to include
comments on the map itself and to place these comments in the relevant locations. Comments must not be
written separately below the map.

Use of calculators
Calculators are not allowed in IB geography examinations.

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Extended Essay in Geography

IBO- Extended Essay Guide in GEOGRAPHY

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