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Group 3

Individuals and Societies

Psychology   SL and HL

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology has its roots in both the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications, and providing a unique approach to understanding modern society.

IB psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and

appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB psychology.

Curricular Objectives

The aims are to

Encourage the systematic and critical study of: human experience and behaviour; physical, economic and social environments; and the history and development of social and cultural institutions

Develop in the student the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society

 Enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypothesis, and to interpret complex data and source material

 Promote the appreciation of the way in which learning is relevant to both the culture in which the student lives, and the culture of other societies

 Develop an awareness in the student that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity


 Enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and that their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.

In addition, the aims of the psychology course at SL and at HL are to:

Develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the benefit of human beings

Ensure that ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry

Develop an understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour

Develop an understanding of alternative explanations of behaviour

Understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry.

Learning Outcome

Having followed the psychology course at SL or at HL, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. Knowledge and comprehension of specified content

 Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of key terms and concepts in Psychology

Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of psychological research Methods

Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of a range of appropriately identified psychological theories and research studies

Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis

 Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of one option at SL or two options at HL

  1. Application and analysis

Demonstrate an ability to use examples of psychological research and psychological concepts to formulate an argument in response to a specific question

 At HL only, analyse qualitative psychological research in terms of  methodological, reflexive and ethical issues involved in research


  1. Synthesis and evaluation

Evaluate psychological theories and empirical studies

 Discuss how biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis can be used to explain behaviour

Evaluate research methods used to investigate behaviour

  1. Selection and use of skills appropriate to psychology

Demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge and skills required for experimental design, data collection and presentation, data analysis and interpretation

 At only HL.  Analyse data using an appropriate inferential statistical test Write an organized response



The syllabus is designed to allow sufficient time for in-depth analysis, evaluation and consolidation of learning. Teachers are encouraged to find ways of delivering the course that are most relevant to their students' interests and to the school's resources. The overall aim of the course is to give students a deeper understanding of the nature and scope of psychology

The different parts of the syllabus should complement each other. They are taught most successfully when they are integrated throughout the course of study, allowing students to make comparisons and to evaluate different psychological theories and arguments.

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