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Information Technology in a Global Society

  • IB ITGS is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society
  • The course explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level
  • Provides a framework for the student to make informed judgements and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts
  • The course applies an integrated approach broken down into 3 strands:
    • Social and ethical significance
    • Application to specified scenarios
    • IT systems
  • Enable the student to evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of IT by individuals, families, communities, organizations and societies at the local and global level
  • Develop the students’ understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and to evaluate their impact on a range of stakeholders
  • Enable students to apply their knowledge of existing IT systems to various scenarios and to make informed judgements about the effects of IT developments on them
  • Encourage students to use their knowledge of IT systems and practical IT skills to justify IT solutions for a specifed client or end-user

Strand 1: Social and ethical significance
1.1 Reliability and integrity
1.2 Security
1.3 Privacy and anonymity
1.4 Intellectual property
1.5 Authenticity
1.6 The digital divide and equality of access
1.7 Surveillance
1.8 Globalization and cultural diversity
1.9 Policies
1.10 Standards and protocols
1.11 People and machines
1.12 Digital citizenship

Strand 2: Application to specified scenarios
2.1 Business and employment
2.2 Education and training
2.3 Environment
2.4 Health
2.5 Home and leisure
2.6 Politics and government

Strand 3: IT Systems
3.1 Hardware
3.2 Software
3.3 Networks
3.4 Internet
3.5 Personal and public communications
3.6 Multimedia/digital media
3.7 Databases
3.8 Spreadsheets, modelling and simulations
3.9 Introduction to project management
3.10 IT systems in organizations (HL only)
3.11 Robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems (HL only)
3.12 Information systems specific to the annually issued case study (HL only)

The Project (practical application of IT skills)
The application of skills and knowledge to develop an original IT product for a
specified client.


    • What is the difference between data, information, knowledge and wisdom? Are there technologies specifically designed to store and impart data, information, knowledge and wisdom?
    • What do we mean by “holistic” and “reductionist” approaches to knowledge? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach?
    • Is it possible to capture the richness of concepts such as “intelligence” or “judgement” via a reductionist approach?

    Paper 1
    Three structured responses

    Paper 2
    Written response to previously unseen article

    Written report
    Developement of an original IT product for a specified client

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