- IB Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes
- The course has roots in both the natural and the social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications and providing a unique approach to understanding modern society
- Examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach
- Understanding how psychologyical knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour
- Ensure that ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry
- Develop an understanding of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour
- Develop an understanding of alternative explanations of behaviour
- Understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry
Part 1: Core (SL/HL)
The biological level of analysis
The cognitive level of analysis
The sociocultural level of analysis
Part 2: Options (SL/HL)
Psychology of human relationships
Part 3: Qualitative research methodology (HL only)
Qualitative research in psychology
Part 4: Simple experimental study (SL/HL)
Introduction to experimental research methodology
- To what extent do the knowledge claims of the social sciences apply across different historical periods and cultures?
- Does psychological research ever prove anything? Why do we say that results only indicate or suggest?
- How are ethics involved in the study of psychology? When and how do ethical standards change?
Question response and essay
Answer one of 15 question in essay form
A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student