Group 3: Individuals and Societies

These courses give students the opportunities to explore how humans shape the world around them and how the interact with each other and their surroundings.

Economics (HL & SL)
Economics is the study of peoples’ choices. It helps to explain human behaviour as individuals and as a society. How do we get the most of what we want or need, given that we have limited resources?

Geography (HL & SL)
Geography is about interactions between individuals, societies and the physical world. It is quite simply the study of the earth and how it has been shaped by human and physical forces.

Global Politics (HL & SL)
Global Politics is a great way to develop the tools needed to understand our contemporary world. The subject teaches you how to think and evaluate political issues occurring at many different levels of interaction across a wide range of actors. It brings together various strands of the humanities and is easily combined with either philosophyhistorygeography or economics. It requires an open mind, reflective thinking, and curiosity to make sense of the complex world we live in.

History (HL & SL)
History is an excellent subject for developing so many skills that are essential for later in life. It is a subject valued highly by universities as it teaches you to become critical and analytical thinkers. For UWC students History is a valuable subject because it helps us understand the world around us and appreciate what has happened in the past and how things must be shaped in the future to avoid the same mistakes. But, most importantly, History is a fascinating subject that enables you to be able to research in depth interesting people and events from all over the globe.

Philosophy (HL & SL)
Philosophy is challenging, but it is also fun. It requires an open mind, reflective thinking, and strong language skills in English. Universities tend to look very favorably on philosophy students because philosophy encourages strong analytical skills and critical thinking.

Environmental Systems and Society (ESS) – SL only
ESS is the study of how organisms interact with the environment and what influence human make on those interactions. It is a subject for anyone with an interest in the environment and sustainability. Students taking ESS learn how to apply the scientific process to address environment related issues, find, critically evaluate, and communicate information as well as think analytically and ethically about research and its impact.
This subject can be chosen either as a Group 3 or Group 4 subject.