Warwick High School

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSE OFFERINGS AT WHS

Courses

English Al is the study of the language of the country. It seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas; to aid clear, precise presentation of argument; and to assist in the understanding of both oral and written discourse. Its aims are to promote an international perspective through the comparative study of works from the students' own culture and other cultures and to develop understanding and appreciation of the relationships between different works including detailed and critical analysis of written text.

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Language B is the study of a foreign language. French, German, and Spanish are the languages available for study. The aim of the course is to prepare students to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts; and develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

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History of the Americas aims to promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the past that will serve both as a basis for the development and practice of appropriate skills, and for a better understanding of the present. It seeks to develop an awareness of continuity, change, and different interpretations of the past.

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Social Anthropology is a comparative study of culture and human societies. It explores both the universal principles of social and cultural life and characteristics of specific societies and cultures.

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Psychology is the systematic study of human behavior and experience. The course investigates a field of study which brings together several academic traditions as seen through for major perspectives.

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Sciences are offered to provide students with opportunity for search and discovery, development of and understanding of the knowledge of science principles and concepts, development of the application of knowledge and skills to generate new knowledge, and encourage an awareness of the impact of science on society to prepare for life in a technological age.

Biology studies the fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the vertebrate organism including cells, chemistry of life, genetics, ecology, human health and physiology, nucleic acids and proteins, and plant studies.

Chemistry investigates stoichiometry, atomic theory, bonding, energetics, kinetics, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry.

Physics is an in-depth study of the laws of physics. experimental skills, mechanics, optics, sound, electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, and biomedical physics.

Environmental Systems has a prime intent to provide students with a coherent perspective on the environment; one that is essentially scientific and that enables them to adopt an informed and responsible stance on the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.

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Math Studies provides a realistic mathematics course for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. The skills needed to cope with the mathematical demands of a technological society are developed with emphasis placed on the application of mathematics to real-life situations.

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Math Methods is designed for the student entering eleventh grade having completed Algebra ll-Trigonometry successfully and with the intent to study calculus before graduating high school.

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Mathematics Higher HL serves students who have completed math analysis in the tenth grade and who have a strong math background with a history of success in mathematics.

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Art/Design stimulates the knowledge of the rich artistic heritage of many cultures and teaches students that there is the freedom to create in various visual symbols.

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Music allows for exploration of the shared human perceptions and emotions which temper our lives. It demands that the educated musician and music lover be able to recognize and articulate musical elements realized in diverse examples of music making.

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Business and Management is the rigorous and critical study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment. It is an academic discipline that examines how business decisions are made and how these decisions make an impact on internal and external environments. The ideals of international cooperation and responsible citizenship are at the heart of business and management.

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Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS ) is the study and evaluation of the impact of information technology on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of information technology (IT) within social contexts.

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Philosophy explores the fundamental questions: What exists?  What is it to be a human being? What can we know? How do I know what is the right thing to do? These questions are explored through an examination of themes and texts.  The emphasis of IBO Philosophy is on doing philosophy (as opposed to studying the history of philosophy.) The aim is for candidates to become aware of their own biases and those of others. At the core of the philosophy course  is a search for truth with a clarity of understanding achieved through critical and systematic thinking, careful analysis of arguments and close reading. (Adapted from the IBO subject guide).

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IB Theatre Arts course consists of four interdependent components: theatre in the making, theatre in performance, theatre in the world and the independent project. Each component builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the others. The journal is a means of recording personal growth in theatre and lays a foundation for the independent project portfolio.

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Theory of Knowledge is a key element in the educational philosophy of the International Baccalaureate. The course is philosophical in the sense that it is meant to encourage students to acquire a critical awareness of what they and others know through analyzing concepts and arguments and the basis of value judgments. It aims to develop a personal mode of thought based on critical examination of evidence expressed in rational arguments.

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IB Film explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. The course develops students' critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures.

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