ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM

Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate

IBDP - Ecole Lémania

A programme serving personal development

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two-year programme for students between the ages of 16 and 19.

During the two years of the Diploma Programme, students study six subjects chosen from six subject groups, write a thesis, take a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course and participate in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) activities.

Each student must study a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of four subjects at the High Level (HL), with the others to be studied at the Standard Level (SL).

The SL subjects require 150 hours of instruction, while the HL subjects require 240 hours of instruction.

Admission policy

Group 1 - Language and Literature

English A Language and Literature (SL/HL)

The course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of both literary works and non-literary texts. Developing textual analysis skills along with critical literacy is the main aim of the course. During the course, students study different literary works from a representative selection of literary periods, forms and places. Students also study a broad range of non-literary texts and bodies of work that include a wide variety of text types such as films, advertisements, tweets, photographs, posters, cartoons, and artworks. What’s more important is that students are challenged to connect those texts into global issues such as cultural identity, sexism, racism, politics, technology etc.

Also permanently available

  • French A Literature (SL/HL)
  • Russian A Literature (SL/HL)
  • Italian A Literature (SL/HL)
  • Spanish A Literature (SL/HL)
  • German A Literature (SL/HL)

Other language (Persan A Lit, Chinese A Lit, Turkish A Lit, Japanese A Lit..) only on demand. Extra fees apply.

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Group 2 - Language Acquisition

English B (SL/HL)

What is English B ?

A better question might be: What is is not?

English B is not a language course – rather, it is so much more than a language course. English B seeks to give students the necessary tools to express themselves clearly and fluently on a number of topics relevant to the world of today. They are challenged with issues such as migration, cultural identity and ecology, all through the medium of English. For students to be able to do this effectively, naturally, they need language skills – and so, while considering the course content, English B will simultaneously hone grammatical skills and develop vocabulary. Students who opt for Higher Level will also read two novels, upon which their Internal Assessment will be based. Standard Level students will be required to discuss the themes of the course during an interview.

Also available

  • French B (SL/HL)
  • Italian B (SL/HL)
  • Spanish B (SL/HL)
  • German B (SL/HL)
  • Russian B (SL/HL)
  • French Ab initio SL (for beginners)
  • Spanish Ab initio SL (for beginners)
  • German Ab initio SL (for beginners)
  • Italian Ab initio SL (for beginners)
Language policy

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies a

Economics (SL/HL) (in English)

Economics is a dynamic subject which should be updated according to the daily changes that allows students to develop an understanding of the complexities and interdependence of economic activities in a rapidly changing world. It analysis the need of accurate allocation of the limited resources for unlimited needs and wants considering the whole well-being of the society. The main problem in economics is how to manage scarcity and how to give the right decisions and making the right choices considering the opportunity cost of all scarce resources and the effects of the outcomes.

The DP economics course, at both SL and HL, uses economic theories to examine the ways in which these choices are made:

  • at the level of producers and consumers in individual markets (microeconomics)
  • at the level of the government and the national economy (macroeconomics)
  • at an international level where countries are becoming increasingly interdependent through international trade and the movement of labour and capital (the global economy).

The choices made by economic agents (consumers, producers and governments) generate positive and negative outcomes and these outcomes affect the relative living standards of the individuals and societies. Efficiency, sustainability and equity are also vital concepts that are  used in case studies and in the theory part.

For the internal assessment, both standard level and higher level candidates are required to produce a portfolio of three commentaries based on published extracts from the news media using the key concepts as a lens. In addition, for the external assessment, there are two examinations for standard level students and three examinations at higher level.

Business Management (SL/HL) (in English)

The business management course is designed to build students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their skills to utilize a range of tools and techniques.

Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate.

The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Through the exploration of six underpinning concepts (change, culture, ethics, globalization, innovation and strategy), the course allows students to develop a holistic understanding of today’s complex and dynamic business environment. SL students are focused more on general topics and HL students have to more concentrate on analytical skills.  Both groups learn to create and be innovative in the global world. A business internal assessment is a written commentary which includes analyzing a real company and its needs and finding some solutions to the company’s problem. Methods of research for analyzing such a company is also taught throughout the course. Paper one is based on a pre-seen case study issued in advance, and paper two consists of structured questions based on stimulus material and an extended response question that assesses students’ understanding of the key concepts of the course.

History (SL/HL) (in English)

IB History in both Standard and Higher Levels  asks students to consider the historical events of the syllabus – not as factual narrative, but more as a basis on which to put forward the own opinions on history, justified with historical fact. Rather than relating the events that led up to a certain event, they might be asked to evaluate the various factors in terms of importance, or to challenge a popular opinion – always using historical facts to support their arguments. The emphasis is thus less on what is known, but more on how that knowledge can be used to form opinions. The focus is less on History itself, but the application of History and what we can learn from it. The course focuses on Twentieth Century wars, the conditions that brought them about and their consequences.

Also available via Pamoja, a learning platform recognised by the IB

  • Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) (SL/HL) (in English)
  • Psychology (SL/HL) (in English)
  • Philosophy (SL) (in English)
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Group 4 - Sciences

Biology (SL/HL) (en anglais)

In IB Biology, both HL (high level) and SL (standard level) students are introduced to a basic, yet comprehensive, understanding of study of living organisms. Using the cell theory of life, students are enabled to appreciate the functions of life at the unicellular level and also at the multicellular level.

Chiemistry (SL/HL) (en anglais)

In IB Chemistry, both HL (high level) and SL (standard level) students are taught to appreciate and recognise the interactions of chemistry not just in theory but through experiments, and also through everyday life experiences.

Also available

  • Physics (SL/HL) (in English)

Sciences can be taught in French if requested by a minimum of 4 students.

Group 5 - Maths

This course recognizes the need for analytical expertise in a world where innovation is increasingly dependent on a deep understanding of mathematics. This course includes topics that are both traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics course (for example, functions, trigonometry, calculus) as well as topics that are amenable to investigation, conjecture and proof.

The course allows the use of technology, as fluency in relevant mathematical software and hand-held technology is important regardless of choice of course. However, Mathematics: analysis and approaches has a strong emphasis on the ability to construct, communicate and justify correct mathematical arguments. (source: www.ibo.org)

Permanently available

  • Mathematics : analysis and approaches (SL/HL) (in English)

Maths can be taught in French if requested by a minimum of 4 students.

Group 6 - Arts

An extra subject chosen in group 1 to 4.

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Mandatory for all, the core

The common core is made up of three parts.

Extended Essay

The writing of an Extended Essay on a subject of the student’s choice. It conducts independent research culminating in a 4000-word essay. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to investigate a topic of personal interest to them that relates to one of the student’s six subjects or to undertake an interdisciplinary approach to a contemporary issue of global importance, drawing on two disciplines of the Diploma Programme.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

The course requires students to consider their knowledge: how they know what they know, the application and validity of their knowledge and to think critically about the extent that knowledge is based on fact or supposition.

A number of Areas of Knowledge (Natural Science, Art, Politics etc.) are studied and students are asked to challenge the foundation of their beliefs or knowledge. Evaluation takes the form of an exhibition and an essay chosen from a list of questions about knowledge supplied by the IB.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The course involves students in a range of sports, artistic, social and community activities in parallel with their academic studies. As a result, CAS allows students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.

Academic honesty policy
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Accessibility - Progress with freedom and support

Here at Lemania College, our aim is to challenge our students, to push them to be passionate and motivated, to make them take responsibility for their own learning, and to give them the best chance of succeeding.

Our teaching and learning framework is the foundation of our success. It helps us motivate our students in two ways.

First, our framework focuses on effective learning – in other words, learning that gets you to your goal as quickly as possible.

Second, it clearly states what we expect from our learners, laying the foundation for a fair and transparent assessment system.

That’s why our teaching and administration staff are constantly looking for ways to improve what they do.

Assessment Policy
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Ask for a personal advice

Giovanna Crisante, IBDP Coordinator