Senior School Prospectus - 2019-2021 Discovery College International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes

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Senior School Prospectus - 2019-2021 Discovery College International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes
Senior School Prospectus 2019-2021

Discovery College

Senior School
International Baccalaureate
Diploma and Career-related


Senior School Prospectus - 2019-2021 Discovery College International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes
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Senior School Prospectus - 2019-2021 Discovery College International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes
Senior School Prospectus 2019-2021

Table of Contents

Introduction                                  2    Group 6: Arts                                             32
The IB Diploma Programme (DP)                 3    Core                                                      36
IB Diploma Courses                            4
The IB Career-related Programme (CP)          6    The Two-Year DP                                           40
DC Graduation Requirements                    11   IB Diploma Programme Year One: Year 12                    40
ESF Applied Learning Pathway                  11   IB Diploma Programme Year Two: Year 13                    40
The Application Process                       12   IB Assessment and Moderation Procedures                   42
                                                   IB Grading System and the Award of the Diploma            43
Overview Of Subject Groupings                 14
Subjects Offered at Discovery College         14   Higher Education                                          46
Group 1 and Group 2: Languages                16
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature   16   Practical Arrangements                                    50
Group 2: Language Acquisition                 18   Student Timetable
Group 3: Individuals and Societies            19
Group 4: Sciences                             22   Who to Contact                                            51
Group 5: Mathematics                          29

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                                                 The purpose of this prospectus is to outline the         their talents and skills. At the same time, we aim to
                                                 programme of study in Years 12 and 13 at Discovery       nurture in our students an understanding of themselves
                                                 College, and to help students make a successful          and others in a world of cultural diversity that will lead
                                                 transition to the Senior School. The main programme      to a sense of tolerance, interdependence and open-
                                                 of study in Year 12 (Grade 11) and Year 13 (Grade 12)    mindedness. The International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                                 is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme     and Career-related Programmes match well with the
                                                 (DP). Students may follow the full IB Diploma            overall aims of the culminating phase of our educational
                                                 Programme, or individual DP Courses at Higher or         programme. We aim to uphold rigorous standards of
                                                 Standard level. Discovery College also offers the IB     learning and inquiry within an academic framework that
                                                 Career-related Programme.                                is both broad and deep.

                                                 At Discovery College, we believe in the development      In order to accomplish these aims, Discovery College
                                                 of the student as a whole person, intellectually,        seeks to provide a pleasant, stimulating environment
                                                 emotionally, physically, and socially, so that when      for its students, in which the effective development of
                                                 students leave us they are ready for active world        the whole person can take place, facilitated by a caring
                                                 citizenship. We aim to equip them for future decision-   and capable staff, by ongoing development of academic
                                                 making roles by presenting them with a rigorous          resources, and by the provision of a lively extra-curricular
                                                 educational programme aimed at the development of        programme of activities and events.

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The IB Diploma Programme (DP)

• As the diagram shows, the curriculum consists of six subject groups
• Every IB Diploma candidate must take at least one subject from each of Groups 1
  to 5 and must then satisfy the Group 6 requirement
• Students take a total of 6 subjects: 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level
• Those at Higher Level are widely recognised as being equivalent to the English “A”
  Level or to the Advanced Placement (AP) in the United States
• Subjects at Standard Level are less demanding but when taken as an individual
  course are perfectly acceptable to many Universities
• Students write a 4,000 word Extended Essay based upon independent research
• Students follow a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course of 100 hours
• Students complete Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), which has a special
  emphasis on cooperative and community-based activities
• Students who enter the full IB Diploma but fail are still eligible for qualifications in
  individual IB Diploma Programme Courses (see below)

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IB Diploma Courses

• This option is aimed at students who would find the full
  IB Diploma too difficult
• Students take at least 5 subjects including 0, 1 or 2
  subjects at Higher Level and 4, 5 or 6 at Standard Level
• Students attend at least two semesters of ToK lessons
  and complete an Extended Project of about 2,000 words
• Students can complete Theory of Knowledge and the
  Extended Essay as separate qualifications if appropriate
• Students participate in Creativity, Activity and Service
  (CAS), which has a special emphasis on cooperative and
  community-based activities

While formal completion of CAS is not an IB requirement
for DP Courses, participation in CAS is an internal
requirement for graduation from Discovery College

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                                                 The IB Career-related Programme (CP)
                                                 Discovery College is offering a the ‘IB Career-related
                                                                                                          What does the CP offer in
                                                 Programme’ (CP) as an option for students in Years 12-
                                                 13. This programme provides an alternative pathway
                                                                                                          comparison to the DP?
                                                 through which students can complete secondary
                                                                                                          The CP can be              The DP can be
                                                 schooling and progress to Higher Education.
                                                                                                          characterised as...        characterised as…
                                                                                                          Specialised - studies      Broad - studies
                                                 What is the CP?                                          focus on one or two        encompass six different
                                                                                                          areas                      subject groups
                                                 The CP is the fourth International Baccalaureate
                                                 programme (along with the PYP, MYP and DP) and           Career-related - studies   Academic - studies
                                                                                                          are framed around a        draw on knowledge
                                                 it is aimed at students who have a particular career
                                                                                                          career path and the        and understanding from
                                                 path in mind. The CP allows students to specialise and   way of learning can be     across a number of
                                                 dedicate themselves to an area of learning that they     applied to this field of   academic disciplines
                                                 know they want to pursue.                                employment

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How is the CP structured?                                 Comparison of CP and DP
As the diagram shows, the CP encompasses some
                                                          course elements
elements of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) within
its structure. It also encompasses the IB’s educational   CP course elements          DP course elements
philosophy and mission.
                                                          2 to 4 DP Courses           6 DP Courses

                                                          + Career-related study
                                                          A Personal and              Theory of Knowledge
                                                          Professional Skills (PPS)   course
                                                          A Language Development Language is one of the 6
                                                          course                 DP courses

                                                          A Reflective Project        Extended Essay
                                                          Service Learning            CAS

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                                                 What Career-related study specialisms are available to Discovery
                                                 College students?
                                                 Career-related studies occur through a partner-provider. Partnerships with the following institutions have been established.

                                                 Institution                    Course(s)                       Study Mode                     Qualification
                                                 Savannah College of Art and    Art and Design                  Sham Shui Po                   College Credit
                                                 Design (Hong Kong/USA)
                                                                                                                                               Accredited with SACS
                                                                                                                                               (Southern Association of
                                                                                                                                               College and Schools) and
                                                                                                                                               HKCAAVQ (Hong Kong
                                                                                                                                               Council for Accreditation of
                                                                                                                                               Academic and Vocational
                                                 HK Academy for the          Performing Arts                    Pok Fu Lam                     BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary
                                                 Performing Arts (Hong Kong)                                                                   Diploma in Performing Arts

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Institution                     Course(s)                       Study Mode   Qualification
International Culinary          Culinary Arts and Hospitality   Pok Fu Lam   Depends on course options
Institute (ICI) and Hotel and                                                but accredited by Hong Kong
Tourism Institute (HTI)                                                      Council of Accreditation for
                                                                             Academic and Vocational
                                                                             Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
BSD Education (Hong Kong) Digital Skills                        Sheung Wan   BTEC Level 3 Diploma in
                                                                             Information Technology.

                                                                             Includes optional industry-
                                                                             relevant qualifications
                                                                             e.g. CIW Web Developer,
                                                                             W3Schools JavaScript

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Details of core components                                                                                                                                        What qualifications do
Core Component                           Description of course                                                           Study mode
                                                                                                                                                                  students receive at the end
Personal and Professional Skills (PPS)   Course that aims to support students in developing practical life and career-   3 blocks per cycle                       and how does this relate to
course                                   related skills.
                                                                                                                                                                  university admissions?
                                         5 main themes:
                                                                                                                                                                  Upon the successful completion of the CP course, the
                                         1.   Personal development
                                         2.   Intercultural understanding                                                                                         student will be awarded the following qualifications.
                                         3.   Effective communication
                                         4.   Thinking processes
                                         5.   Applied ethics                                                                                                       Qualification               Awarding body
Language Development course              •    Student must study a language that is NOT their best language.             1 block per cycle to work on portfolio
                                         •    Chinese and Spanish can be studied as one of the DP course.
                                         •    Any other language can be studied with an outside service provider                                                   CP Certificate              IB
Reflective Project                       •    Student will have to produce a written essay about an ethical dilemma      Independent learning + support from       DP Courses                  IB
                                              directly linked to the student’s career-related study.                     a supervisor
                                         •    They will also have to complete a Reflections on Planning and Progress                                               BTEC Qualification or       Career-related course
                                              form (RPPF).
                                                                                                                                                                   Foundation Degree           institution
Service Learning                         For Service Learning, students work with community members to undertake         Independent learning + support from
                                         service activities that satisfy identified community needs. They will need to   a supervisor                              Modules
                                         reflect about their learning and the impact of their actions.
                                                                                                                                                                   DC Graduation               DC
                                         The Service Learning should be related to the student’s chosen career path.                                               Certificate

These qualifications provide a number of ways in which students can gain access to a broad range of university courses in different countries around the world.

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Discovery College Graduation
Successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-Related Progamme
qualifies a student for the Discovery College Graduation Certificate (equivalent to a US
High School Diploma).

Students who take IB Diploma Courses must meet the following minimum requirements:

•   Completion of course requirements for at least five IB Diploma subjects
•   Participation in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) activities
•   Participation in the first year of Theory of Knowledge (ToK) lessons
•   Completion of an Extended Essay or Extended Project
•   Attendance of at least 80% (not including serious illness or injury)

Discovery College reserves the right to waive any of the above conditions in
exceptional circumstances.

ESF Applied Learning Pathway
Students who wish to take a full programme of BTEC courses are able to transfer to
another ESF school to follow the Applied Learning pathway.

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The Application Process
Current Students                                            related Certificate or be recommended to transfer to the    requirements and expectations of the universities and
                                                            Applied Learning pathway at another ESF school.             colleges in the countries where they intend to apply. They
In January of each year there is a presentation to                                                                      are strongly encouraged to consult the Higher Education
interested parents and students. The Vice-Principal for     Students entering from                                      Counsellors and undertake their own research through
Y12-13 outlines the details of the programmes available,    another school                                              visiting the online admissions departments at their
while Heads of Department outline the details of each                                                                   prospective universities and colleges.
subject and its requirements. The Higher Education          Students applying from outside of Discovery College
Counsellors are available to answer any questions           must complete the normal admissions procedures. The         Higher Level or Standard Level
about the implications of subject choices on university     application will be reviewed and transcripts forwarded
applications. Students, in discussion with their parents                                                                For many students, once the individual subjects have been
                                                            from their previous school..
and current teachers, then determine which courses in                                                                   chosen, the greatest difficulty is in deciding what level
each subject group might be appropriate for them. This      Planning a course of study                                  of study is appropriate: Higher Level or Standard Level.
information is then submitted to the Vice-Principal who                                                                 Students need to balance carefully their own interests and
may consult further with the student and their subject      Students need to be aware of their strengths and            abilities with university requirements. Students are urged to
teachers as to the suitability of their choices. Where      interests as they consider which programme and subjects     speak to their teachers or Heads of Department to find out
there are concerns about the student’s present level of     to take. They should carefully review school reports and    the differences between Higher Level and Standard Level.
achievement, the College reserves the right not to accept   subject teacher feedback in making their options choices.   In some subjects the difference between Higher Level and
a student into the Diploma Programme. Such students         They should also take into account their future study and   Standard Level is mainly the amount of work in the syllabus,
may be guided into doing DP Courses, the IB Career-         career plans. Students should become familiar with the      while in others it is a variation in the degree of difficulty.

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Overview of Subject Groupings
Subjects Offered at Discovery College
Each IB Diploma Programme Group offers a variety of subjects. From that broad list of subjects Discovery College is currently offering the following:

 Group 1                                                      Higher Level                                                    Standard Level
 Studies in Language and Literature                           English A: Literature                                           English A: Literature
                                                              English A: Language and Literature                              English A: Language and Literature
                                                              Chinese A: Language and Literature                              Chinese A: Language and Literature
                                                                                                                              Self-taught Language A: Literature

 Group 2                                                      Higher Level                                                    Standard Level
 Language Acquisition                                         Mandarin B                                                      Mandarin B
                                                              Spanish B                                                       Spanish B
                                                                                                                              Mandarin Ab Initio
                                                                                                                              Spanish Ab Initio

 Group 3                                                      Higher Level                                                    Standard Level
 Individuals and Societies                                    Business Management                                             Business Management
                                                              Economics                                                       Economics
                                                              Geography                                                       Geography
                                                              History                                                         History
                                                              Psychology                                                      Psychology

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 Group 4                                                    Higher Level                                                  Standard Level
 Sciences                                                   Biology                                                       Biology
                                                            Chemistry                                                     Chemistry
                                                            Physics                                                       Physics
                                                            Design Technology                                             Design Technology
                                                            Sports, Exercise and Health Science                           Sports, Exercise and Health Science
                                                                                                                          Food Science and Technology
                                                                                                                          Environmental Systems and Societies

 Group 5                                                    Higher Level                                                  Standard Level
 Mathematics                                                Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches                          Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
                                                            Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations                 Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations

 Group 6                                                    Higher Level                                                  Standard Level
 Arts                                                       Film                                                          Film
                                                            Music                                                         Music
                                                            Theatre                                                       Theatre
                                                            Visual Arts                                                   Visual Arts

NB: Students can take a second Group 1, 3 or 4 subject in place of a Group 6 Art.
Students can take two Group 6 Arts subjects, as long as Environmental Systems and Societies is taken to meet requirements for Groups 3 and 4.

Subject availability is not guaranteed, depending on student demand and timetabling constraints. Consequently, availability may change before the start of each two-year course.

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Group 1 and Group 2: Languages                                First language courses are designed for students with        Some disciplines that notably lend themselves to
                                                              fluency in the target language. The Literature course is     this kind of career path include law, media studies,
Students taking the IB Diploma must study at least two        exclusively literature-based while Language and Literature   engineering, psychology, education, business,
languages. All students take a first language and in          courses combine language and literature study. Language      information technology, marketing and social work.
addition either another first language, a language B or       B courses are for students who are in the process of
a language ab initio. English and Chinese are offered         acquiring the target language. Ab initio courses are         Group 1: Studies in Language
as a first language. Chinese and Spanish are offered as       for students with limited or no prior experience of the
                                                                                                                           and Literature
language B and ab initio courses. All courses may be          language. Language B and ab initio courses focus on
taken at Higher Level or Standard Level except for ab         developing communicative competence.                         Literature (SL and HL)
initio courses, which are only available at Standard Level.
                                                              Studying language and literature develops critical           The Literature course develops understanding of the
Selection of the appropriate level in each language
                                                              thought and analytical capacity. These are essential         techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the
will be depend on the student’s previous linguistic
                                                              life skills and have wide currency in the job market.        ability to form independent literary judgments. This will
background, academic record, and on the student’s
                                                              Students may choose a career specialising exclusively        include an appreciation of author structure, technique
intentions for use of the language in the future.
                                                              in language, such as writer, translator, interpreter,        and style. Focusing exclusively on literary analysis, this
Students with a first language other than English             editor, journalist, analyst or educator. There are also      course is aimed at students who wish to pursue the
or Chinese may take the language as a self-taught             many excellent academic career paths available in            study of English Literature at university. Students will
Literature course at Standard Level only. While no            areas such as literacy research, linguistic analysis         develop their ability to structure a logical, sustained and
instruction in the target language will be provided at the    and literary theory. For many students, study of             persuasive argument using academically sophisticated
college, internal supervision and assistance with aspects     language complements specialisation in other areas.          language with precision and coherence. Students will
of the course will be provided.

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engage in both written and oral literary analysis based on     Language and Literature (SL and HL)                            assessments requiring students to read, write, present
familiar and unfamiliar texts. Comparative analysis will be                                                                   visually and express their understanding orally.
a strong feature of this. Texts will be drawn from a range     The Language and Literature course develops skills of
of world literature and genres (novel, non-fiction, poetry,    textual analysis and critical thinking. The course comprises   The Standard Level course is designed for students who
short stories, plays) and include works in translation,        of two language units and two literature units. Literary       wish to pursue a university education in any discipline,
enabling students to gain understanding and appreciation       and non-literary texts are analysed for their form and         catering to a broad range of student abilities and
of other cultures. The course comprises of internal and        how meaning is affected by culturally defined reading          interests.
external assessments requiring students to read, write         practices. Relationships between power, identity and
                                                                                                                              The Higher Level course is best suited for students whose
and express their understanding orally. In the Standard        language form the basis of inquiry. Students explore the
                                                                                                                              interests and strengths lie particularly in language based
Level course, students will study 10 pieces of literature,     ways in which language is used to construct meaning in
                                                                                                                              subjects. Students who are interested in pursuing further
whereas in the Higher Level course, students will study 13     a range of contexts within written, oral and visual texts.
                                                                                                                              studies in areas such as Humanities or Social Sciences,
pieces. At Higher Level, a greater emphasis is placed upon     Texts are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and
                                                                                                                              Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Law, English or foreign
comparative literary analysis.                                 media including works in translation. A greater number
                                                                                                                              languages are recommended to consider taking Language
                                                               of literary works is studied at Higher Level. The Language
The Literature course is available in English at both Higher                                                                  and Literature as a Higher Level subject.
                                                               and Literature course fosters the ability to use various
and Standard Levels, and as a self-taught language at          modes of writing appropriate to purpose and audience,          The Language and Literature course is available in both
Standard Level only.                                           organise a logical and sustained argument and use              English and Chinese.
                                                               sophisticated language with coherence, precision and
                                                               clarity. The course comprises of internal and external

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                                                                                                                              •   identities
Group 2: Language Acquisition                               4. organise ideas on a range of topics, in a clear,
                                                               coherent and convincing manner                                 •   experiences
Language B (SL and HL)                                      5. understand, analyse and respond to a range of                  •   human ingenuity
                                                               written and spoken texts                                       •   social organization
This course is designed for students with some previous     6. understand and use works of literature written in the          •   sharing the planet
learning of the language. It may be studied at either          target language of study (Higher Level only)
Standard Level or Higher Level. The course gives students                                                                     By the end of the Language Ab Initio course, students will
the possibility of reaching a high degree of competence     Five prescribed themes are studied:                               be assessed on their ability to:
in an additional language while exploring the culture(s)    • identities
in which that language is spoken. The course aims           • experiences                                                     1. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the
to develop the students’ linguistic competence and          • human ingenuity                                                    intercultural elements related to the prescribed topics
intercultural understanding.                                • social organisation                                             2. communicate clearly and effectively in a range of
                                                            • sharing the planet                                                 situations
By the end of a Language B courses, students will be
                                                                                                                              3. understand and use accurately the basic structures of
assessed on their ability to:                               Assessment comprises of external assessment (two written
                                                                                                                                 the language
                                                            examination papers and one listening paper) and internal
                                                                                                                              4. understand and use an appropriate range of
1. communicate clearly and effectively in a range of        assessment (an individual oral).
   situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and
                                                                                                                              5. use a register and a format that are appropriate to
   intercultural understanding                              Language B is offered in Chinese and Spanish.
                                                                                                                                 the situation
2. use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal
   and/or cultural contexts                                 Language B (SL and HL)
                                                                                                                              Assessment comprises of external assessment (two written
3. understand and use language to express and respond to
                                                            The Language Ab Initio course is designed for students            examination papers and one listening paper) and internal
   a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency
                                                            with little or no prior experience of the language they wish      assessment (an individual oral).
                                                            to study. It is available at Standard Level only. The course is
                                                            organised into five themes:                                       Language Ab Initio is offered in Chinese and Spanish.
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Group 3: Individuals and Societies                         Students study five modules: Business Organisation and
                                                           Environment; Human Resources; Accounts and Finance;
Business and Management, Economics, Geography,             Marketing; and Operations Management. Students
History and Psychology are offered at both Higher and      will compose a business analysis for their internal
Standard Level.                                            assessment piece, and sit a written exam for the final
                                                           assessment at the end of the course. These modules
Business and Management (SL and HL)                        will be presented in relation to 6 key concepts: change,
                                                           culture, ethics, globalisation, innovation and strategy.
The Business and Management programme introduces
students to business theory and guides them in the         While no prior knowledge is necessary for enrolment,
application of fundamental business principles, tools,     students will be encouraged to keep abreast of
practices, and skills. The course explores the diverse     significant local and global affairs throughout the course
range of business organizations and activities within      to apply and reinforce their learning. The decision-
their cultural and economic contexts. Emphasis is          making and critical thinking skills acquired in Business
placed on strategic decision-making and the daily          and Management will enhance the ability of students
business functions of marketing, production, human         to participate in commercial industries. This is an ideal
resource management, and finance. Students will gain       course for any student considering university studies or
an awareness of the social, ethical, and environmental     careers in business administration, human resources, the
considerations that influence organizations and consider   fashion industry, advertising, logistics, finance, and the
the implications of responsible business practices for     arts, as well as for anyone interested in how business
individuals and the global economy.                        affects the world around them.

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Economics (SL and HL)                                         Students enrolling in SL and HL economics need                investigate the way in which people adapt and
                                                              not have taken related courses previously, but                respond to change, and evaluate actual and possible
The Economics programme examines how individuals              they would benefit from a review of introductory              management strategies associated with such change.
and societies address the basic economic problem of           economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost,         Geography describes and helps to explain the similarities
scarcity. The questions of what goods and services should     production possibilities, and the factors of production.      and differences between different places at varying
be produced, as well as how they should be produced           Additionally, while it is not necessary, enrolment            scales from the perspectives of a range of actors, with
and distributed given limited resources, are at the heart     in SL or HL mathematics will assist students in the           varying powers over decision-making processes.
of this course. After studying the concepts and theories      mathematical aspects of the course.
of microeconomics and macroeconomics and their real-                                                                        Within Group 3 subjects, geography is distinctive in
                                                              The exposure to theoretical concepts and models               its spatial dimension and occupies a middle ground
world applications, students will explore issues pertaining
                                                              gained in Economics will enable students to pursue            between social/human and natural sciences. The DP
to international trade and development. These topics will
                                                              challenging university courses and prepare them               course integrates physical, environmental and human
help students appreciate the impact of global economic
                                                              to conduct quantitative and qualitative research              geography and ensures that students acquire elements
interactions on individuals and societies.
                                                              in business and academia. Students interested in              of both socio-economic and scientific methodologies.
The course is comprised of four parts: Microeconomics,        undertaking this course will most likely be considering       Geography takes advantage of its position to examine
Macroeconomics, International Economics, and                  further studies or careers in finance, logistics, politics,   relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of
Development Economics. HL students cover extended             law, non-profit organizations, or international business.     disciplines. This helps students develop life skills and
material within each section, and all students prepare                                                                      have an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative
                                                              Geography (SL and HL)
an internal assessment portfolio containing three                                                                           approaches, viewpoints and ideas.
commentary pieces that apply economic concepts and            Geography is a truly interdisciplinary subject which is
models to extracts from news media. The external              dynamic, firmly grounded in the real world and focuses        A new syllabus for IB Diploma Geography is being
examination at the end of the course consists of two          on the interaction between individuals, societies and         introduced as of August 2017. Both Standard Level
written papers, with HL students writing an additional        physical processes in both time and space. It seeks           and Higher Level students study the core: Geographic
quantitative methods paper.                                   to identify trends and patterns in these interactions,        Perspectives – Global Change. Standard Level

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students then study two further optional themes,         History (SL and HL)                                            and the impact and role of modernization on economic
while Higher Level students study three. In addition,                                                                   and political developments within the regions is studied.
Higher Level students study an extension to the core:    The History course is fundamentally a 20th century
Global Interactions and further examine, evaluate        world history course, which meets the increasing               Students learn from a wide range of sources including
and synthesise the prescribed concepts, which by         interest of students in the contemporary world.                many authentic works of history. The emphasis is on
their nature are complex, contestable, interlinked and   The course encourages the acquisition and                      developing skills such as analysing and evaluating
require holistic treatment. Both Standard and Higher     understanding of historical knowledge in breadth               historical sources and arguments, independent research
Level students complete one fieldwork study for the      and in depth, and across different cultures as well            and inquiry and essay writing. Students are evaluated
internal assessment task.                                as a lasting interest in history. The study is organised       through document analysis exercises, research papers,
                                                         topically, including the following major units: a) The         and essay writing. In the second year of the course,
Geography prepares students to undertake both            origins and development of authoritarian and single-           students complete an internal assessment activity
Science-based and Arts-based university courses.         party states with reference to European and Asian              that is an in-depth analysis of one topic of interest.
Studies can include resource management,                 examples b) The Cold War and superpower tensions               The remainder of formal assessment comes from the
environmental issues, geographic information             since 1945. All students will also complete a source-          external examination at the end of the course. An ability
systems, town planning, travel and tourism,              work paper on the move to global war, focusing on              to write analytically and evaluate evidence critically is
climatology, oceanography and hydrology.                 military expansion from 1931-41.                               essential to success in this course. This course is valuable
                                                                                                                        for students with a general interest in history as well
                                                         In addition to the core study of 20th century world history,   as students interested in university study or careers in
                                                         Higher Level students study ‘A History of Europe’ from         areas such as history, tourism, government, law and
                                                         1918 to the present. The interaction with other regions        international business.

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Psychology (SL and HL)                                        topics such as decision-making and problem-solving will      Group 4: Sciences
                                                              hone critical thinking.
Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and                                                                        Through studying any of the Group 4 subjects,
mental processes. Psychology has its roots in both            In addition to biological, cognitive, social and cultural    students should become aware of how scientists
the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety         perspectives on psychology, students will study              work and communicate with each other. Using the
of research designs and applications, and providing a         sub-fields of psychology, for example abnormal,              scientific method in its variety of forms, there is a
unique approach to understanding modern society.              developmental, social or sports psychology. Standard         great emphasis on a practical approach through
IB Diploma psychology examines the interaction of             level students will study one of these options whereas       experimental work that distinguishes the Group 4
biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on         Higher Level students will study two. Both standard          subjects from other disciplines.
human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative              and higher level students will learn to understand
approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge           quantitative research methodology and will design            Discovery College offers Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design
is generated, developed and applied enables students          and carry out one psychology experiment during the           Technology and Sports, Exercise and Health Science both at
to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and          course. In addition, higher level students will learn to     Standard and Higher Level, as well as Environmental Systems
appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. This may         apply qualitative research methods, such as interviews,      and Societies and at Standard Level only. All courses run for
help students to better understand the influences on,         observations and case studies.                               two years and are divided into a comprehensive syllabus
and motivations for, human behaviour. Students of                                                                          of theory and a practical programme. The students will
psychology may also become better communicators and           No prior study of psychology is expected. No particular      also develop and apply information and communication
improve their empathy and interpersonal skills. The ethical   background in terms of specific subjects studied for         technology skills within all subjects.
concerns raised by the methodology and application            national or international qualifications is expected or
of psychological research are key considerations in DP        required of students. The skills needed for the psychology   There are no prerequisites for any of the Group 4
psychology. Learning about the scientific method and          course are developed during the course itself.               subjects, however students who have not achieved a
                                                                                                                           Level 5 or higher in MYP Sciences, or have not regularly
                                                                                                                           scored at least 6 out of 8 in assessments of Knowledge

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and Understanding (Criterion A), often find the Higher      hours. Environmental Systems and Societies students               Subject Specific Core topics covered by the Standard
Level IB Diploma Sciences very difficult and find the       undertake required fieldwork when other students are              Level and Higher Level course include Cell Biology,
demands of the course may result in lower grades than       doing the Group 4 Project.                                        Molecular Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity,
expected. Such students are normally better served by                                                                         Genetics and Human Physiology. Additional Higher Level
choosing a Standard Level Group 4 course.                   Group 4: Experimental Sciences                                    material covers the Human Health and Physiology topic
                                                                                                                              in greater depth as well as devoting considerably more
Assessment for most Group 4 subjects consists of            Biology                                                           time to Nucleic Acids, Metabolism, Cell Respiration,
80% from the final exams at the end of the two-year                                                                           Photosynthesis and Genetics. The option topic is usually
course and 20% from the criterion-related internal          During the two years of the IB Diploma Biology course,            decided upon by the students, based on suggestions
assessments (practical work) covered over the two           students will acquire and learn a significant amount of facts     from the teacher.
years. For Design Technology, the split is 60% to 40%.      and information, but at the same time, will experience and
                                                            practise the real science behind those topics which will lead
It is a requirement for successful completion of the IB     them to a good understanding of the main pillars of the
Diploma that all students (except for Environmental         subject: Structure and Function, Universality Versus Diversity,
Systems and Societies students) participate in the          Equilibrium Within Systems and Evolution.
Group Four Project. This is an interdisciplinary activity
where students from the different Group 4 subjects          A series of skills outside the laboratory and the confines
work collaboratively to analyse a common scientific         of a school timetable will be included in the course.
or technological topic or problem. This may involve a       Many of the practicals can only be carried out in the field
field trip or fieldwork. The emphasis is on the processes   and on consecutive days. Different areas in Hong Kong
involved in scientific investigation rather than the        provide a stimulating and varied environment, which is
products of such investigations. The project forms          significantly different from that in the school. In addition,
part of the internal assessment and takes about 10          the experience of working as part of a team is invaluable.

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                                                 Chemistry                                                      Experimentation lies at the heart of every science. Chemistry
                                                                                                                students spend much time in the laboratory learning
                                                 Chemistry spans the scientific spectrum. At one                practical skills, safety, data handling techniques and working
                                                 end, the reactions and processes studied are those             effectively with other people. These processes and skills are
                                                 that biologists need to explain the mechanisms of              necessary for a full understanding of chemistry concepts as
                                                 life. At the other, the design of materials used by            well as the development of problem-solving skills.
                                                 engineers to construct technologies links to physics.
                                                 Environmentally, chemistry covers very topical and up          The course provokes questions about the responsibility
                                                 to date subjects such as pollution, global warming and         chemists have to society, as students explore the
                                                 ozone depletion.                                               social, industrial, technological, environmental and
                                                                                                                economic implications that chemistry has for the global
                                                 Core topics include the mole concept, atomic structure,        community. As more and more demands are made on
                                                 periodicity, bonding, energetics, kinetics, redox reactions,   our planet and its limited resources, chemists will be in a
                                                 acids & bases, and organic chemistry. Optional topics such     crucial position to ensure that technology can keep pace
                                                 as medicines and drugs, environmental chemistry, food and      with our wants and needs. The study of chemistry places
                                                 industrial chemistry give the chance to explore some real-     students in a position to better comprehend and play a
                                                 world applications of chemistry.                               part in facing the challenges ahead.

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Physics                                                     additional learning time to cover a deeper extension of
                                                            the core topics, in addition to learning more advanced
Physics is considered to be the root science as its laws    topics such as Quantum and Nuclear Physics, Fields and
apply to all of the experimental sciences. Physics seeks    Electromagnetic Induction.
to understand the universe itself, from the microcosmic
scale of the smallest particles to the macrocosmic          Physics students not only gain knowledge and
scale of the vast and expanding distances between           understanding of Physics concepts, but also develop
galaxies. Physicists seek to acquire knowledge through:     investigative practical skills, technological skills,
observation of our natural world, creation of models        and interpersonal skills. Students will regularly use
to understand these observations, and formation of          Mathematics, the language of Physics, to communicate
theories, which are then tested by experiment.              findings and the relationships between variables.

The IB Diploma Physics programme covers the core            Perhaps the most relevant application of Physics is the
topics of Measurement and Uncertainties, Mechanics,         development of technologies that have changed our world
Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism,          to accommodate our needs, which have had profound
Circular Motion and Gravitation, Atomic, Nuclear and        impact on the daily lives of all human beings. Students
Particle Physics and Energy Production. One specialty       explore the ethical issues surrounding these applications,
option, which allows for teacher and student choice, will   and the positive and negative impacts these applications
also be covered. Popular options include Astrophysics,      have had on our society, to understand the moral issues
Relativity and Engineering Physics. Higher Level requires   and responsibilities that physicists must consider.

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Design Technology                                             a tool to inquire into and analyse problems, develop
                                                              solutions and evaluate individual solutions.

                                                              Core topics include: Human Factors and Ergonomics,
                                                              Resource Management and Sustainable Production,
                                                              Modelling, Raw Material to Final product, Innovation
                                                              and Design and Classic Design. Higher level adds: User-
                                                              centred Design, Sustainability, Innovation and Markets
                                                              and Commercial Production.

                                                              The course culminates in the Design Project, where
Design Technology aims to develop creative and                students demonstrate their technical and design
balanced people whose enhanced understanding of               understanding to address an identified need.
design and the technological world can facilitate our
shared guardianship of the planet.                            Design is interdisciplinary in nature and draws from
                                                              many areas including the natural and social sciences,
Design Technology achieves a high level of design literacy    mathematics and arts. The course is considered very
by enabling students to develop critical thinking and         useful for students wishing to study creative and design
design skills, which they can apply in a practical context.   subjects. It may also provide preparation for engineering
At the heart of the subject the design cycle is used as       or technology related subjects at a tertiary level.

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Sports, Exercise and Health Science                         investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This     The course combines aspects of Biology, Chemistry &
                                                            will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and       Technology. During the course, students will develop
Scientific inquiry, conducted over many decades, has        understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and     transferable skills useful for lifelong learning and
accumulated a vast amount of information across a range     critically analyse human performance. Where relevant, the      future careers.
of sub-disciplines that contribute to our understanding     course will address issues of international dimension and
of health and human performance in relation to sport        ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to   Topics studied during the course include:
and exercise. The Diploma Programme course in sports,       the individual and in a global context.                        • Nutrition
exercise and health science involves the study of the                                                                      • Materials, components & their application
science that underpins physical performance and provides    The sports, exercise and health science course is offered      • Food quality & safety
the opportunity to apply these principles.                  at both Higher and Standard level.                             • Food process engineering

Furthermore, in a world where many millions of people       Food Science and Technology (SL only)                          The course culminates in the Design Project, where
are physically inactive and afflicted by chronic disease                                                                   students demonstrate their technical and design
and ill health, the sport and exercise scientist should     The world faces challenges in terms of food                    understanding to address an identified need. The course
be equally proficient when prescribing exercise for the     production, nutritional well-being, food safety                is useful preparation for students wishing to study Food
promotion of health and well-being.                         and quality. The Food Science and Technology                   Science, Food Technology, Nutrition, Hotel Management
                                                            course aims to develop creative and balanced                   and Sports Sciences at tertiary level.
The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of      students whose enhanced understanding of food
anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology            and the technological world can facilitate our                 The Food Science and Technology course is offered at
and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport,   shared responsibility of caring for the planet. An             Standard level only.
exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core    understanding of food is increasingly crucial to
and option topics and carry out practical (experimental)    individual and societal well-being.

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Environmental Systems                                          These are studied in a manner that enables students to        evaluate results and draw conclusions. The personal skills
and Societies (SL only)                                        appreciate that human society is directly linked to the       of working cooperatively, safely and ethically are also
                                                               environment. It also promotes a critical awareness of a       addressed. In addition to experimental work, students
This is an interdisciplinary course that fulfils the           diversity of cultural perspectives and that appreciation of   carry out computer modelling, role-play scenarios and
requirements of both Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)       these is needed at both a local and global scale.             fieldwork. Hong Kong is a wonderful place for doing this
and Group 4 (Experimental Sciences) in the IB Diploma                                                                        as it has such a great variety of different habitats.
Programme. Designed to bridge the gap between                  Although the course is not completely science based,
Environmental Studies and the Sciences, it is a very topical   many experiments are conducted using biological,
course involving many contemporary and controversial           chemical and physical techniques. The results are then
issues such as global warming, pollution, conservation of      used to analyse concepts being studied. Students are
resources and biodiversity in ecosystems.                      expected to design experiments, record and process data,

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Group 5: Mathematics                                             of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in           second will require the use of a graphical display calculator.
                                                                 mathematical thinking. They will explore real and abstract       The third paper, lasting one hour, will test problem solving
There are two Mathematics courses, each being offered            applications, sometimes with technology, and will enjoy the      and sustained reasoning.
at both higher and standard level. These are new                 thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalisation.
courses and the final guides will be published by the IB
in February 2019.                                                The internally assessed component, the Exploration,
                                                                 constitutes 20% of the final grade. It gives students an
The changes to the course bring the structure of the             opportunity to develop and apply mathematics to an area
Mathematics courses more in line with all other IB courses       that is of particular interest. The Exploration also provides
where the SL course is a subset of the HL course. This           students with opportunities to increase their understanding
means that HL students will complete the 150 hours               of mathematical concepts and processes, and develop a
of the SL course as part of the total 240 hours of the           wider appreciation of mathematics.
HL course. This will increase the accessibility of the HL
courses by encouraging strong SL students to consider            In the SL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade
taking Mathematics HL.                                           is made up of two 90-minute examination papers, each
                                                                 worth 40% of the overall grade. The first paper will be
Before selecting a course, students should research university   non-calculator; the second will require the use of a graphical
requirements and consult their mathematics teacher.              display calculator.

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches                             In the HL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is
                                                                 made up of three examination papers. These include two
This course is designed for students who enjoy developing        120-minute examination papers, each worth 30% of the
their mathematics to become fluent in the construction           overall grade. The first paper will be non-calculator; the

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Mathematics: Applications and                                   of mathematical concepts and processes, and develop a
Interpretations                                                 wider appreciation of mathematics.

This course is designed for students who are interested         In the SL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is
in developing mathematics for describing our world,             made up of two 90-minute examination papers, each worth
modelling and solving practical problems using the power        40% of the overall grade. Both papers will require the use of
of technology. The course is best suited for students enjoy     a graphical display calculator.
mathematics most when used in a practical context.
                                                                In the HL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is
The internally assessed component, the Exploration,             made up of three examination papers. These include two
constitutes 20% of the final grade. It gives students an        120-minute examination papers, each worth 30% of the
opportunity to develop and apply mathematics to an area         overall grade. Both papers will require the use of a graphical
that is of particular interest. The Exploration also provides   display calculator. The third paper, lasting one hour, will test
students with opportunities to increase their understanding     problem solving and sustained reasoning.

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Group 6: Arts                                                 into action and communicating these to an audience.         sound and staging, as well as costume and production
                                                              Through the study of theatre, students strengthen
At Discovery College, we offer the following Group 6
                                                              their awareness of their own personal and cultural          The coursework components are as follows:
subjects: Theatre, Music, Visual Arts and Film. Students
                                                              perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity
can take one Group 6 subject or alternatively take a second                                                               • Collaborative Project: Students at SL and HL
                                                              of theatre practices, their processes and their modes
subject from any of Groups 1, 3 or 4. It is also possible                                                                   collaboratively create and perform an original piece
                                                              of presentation. This enables students to discover
to take two Group 6 subjects, but only if Environmental                                                                     of theatre (lasting 7–10 minutes) created from a
                                                              and engage with different forms of theatre across
Systems and Societies is taken to cover Groups 3 and 4.                                                                     starting point of their choice. The piece is presented
                                                              time, place and culture and promotes international-
                                                                                                                            to an audience as a fully-realized production.
Theatre (SL and HL)                                           mindedness. Participation in the theatre course results
                                                                                                                            Production Proposal: Students at SL and HL choose
                                                              in the development of both theatre and life skills
Theatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It                                                                   a published play text they have not previously studied
                                                              - the building of confidence, creativity and working
is a practical subject that encourages discovery through                                                                    and formulate a vision for the design and theoretical
practical inquiry, experimentation, risk taking and the                                                                     staging of the entire play text for a contemporary
presentation of ideas to others. As a multifaceted            What does the course entail?                                  audience. These ideas are presented in the form of a
theatre-making course, it gives students the opportunity                                                                    proposal.
                                                              The course entails staging play texts, exploring world
to make theatre as creators, designers, directors                                                                         • Research Presentation: Students at SL and HL
                                                              theatre traditions, collaboratively creating original
and performers. It emphasizes the importance of                                                                             plan, deliver and video record an individual research
                                                              theatre, and for higher level students, performing
working both individually and as part of an ensemble.                                                                       presentation (15 minutes maximum) in which they
                                                              theatre theory.
It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the                                                                         provide evidence of their academic and practical
creative process of inquiring, developing, presenting         All work is coursework-based and there is no final            exploration and learning of a world theatre tradition
and evaluating. Students are encouraged to work as            exam. Students can explore performance, technical and         they have not previously studied.
inquisitive and imaginative artists, transforming ideas       production techniques, directing, designing lighting,

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• Solo Theatre Piece: Students at HL research a            Students have a range of options in creating music            Standard Level Assessment requirements
  theatre theorist they have not previously studied,       including composition, arranging, improvisation and
  identify an aspect(s) of theory and create and present   using music technology. Those who undertake the               External Assessment – Written Paper (2 hours)
  a solo theatre piece (4-7 minutes) that demonstrates     performance component of the course will be given
  the practical application of this theory to a theatre    opportunities to develop their performance skills on          Internal Assessment – two original compositions folios
  piece for an audience.                                   their chosen instrument(s).                                   or a recording of at least one solo public performance
                                                                                                                         (15 minutes) or a recording of at least two group
                                                           Assessment involves a listening paper which requires
Music (SL and HL)                                                                                                        performances (20-30 minutes)
                                                           students to analyse music from a range of genres both
IB Diploma Music programme students will explore
music from various perspectives. Through performance,
                                                           aurally and using scores and to compare and contrast          Higher Level Assessment requirements
                                                           the set works. Students are also required to complete a
composition and both score and listening analysis, they
                                                           musical investigation paper in which the student compares     External Assessment – Written Paper
will gain an understanding of how music is created, its
                                                           and contrasts two distinct musical cultures in a creative     (2 hours and 30 minutes)
context and how it affects society. They will develop
                                                           media script. Although it would be advantageous to have
their skills of music analysis, expand their knowledge
                                                           a good understanding of music theory, this will be covered    Internal Assessment – three original compositions
of music terminology and gain an understanding and
                                                           in detail as part of the two year course. Students enrolled   folios, and a recording of at least one public
appreciation of the context and characteristics of music
                                                           in standard level music will have a choice between the        performance (20 minutes)
from a wide range of cultures and periods. Students
                                                           performance or creating tasks.
will have opportunities to develop their music making
skills whether through creating, performing or both.

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Visual Arts (SL and HL)                                           understanding of materials and ideas, and that use          film-making. Students are expected to demonstrate
                                                                  appropriate visual arts language (40%).                     originality and creativity in developing an idea through
Through the IB Diploma Visual Arts course, students are        3. A Comparative Study in which students analyse and           the various stages of film-making, from conception to
offered an opportunity to explore the power of creativity,        compare works by different artists. This independent,       finished production.
communication and self-expression using a wide variety of         critical and contextual investigation explores
approaches to the Visual Arts. The programme encourages           artworks, objects and artefacts from different cultural
an individual, independent, inquiring and integrated              contexts (20%).
approach to the Visual Arts.
                                                               Film (SL and HL)
Students are encouraged to challenge their own creative
and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-     The Diploma Programme Film course aims to develop
provoking course in which students develop their own           students’ skills so that they become adept in both
thinking skills, while working towards technical proficiency   interpreting films and making their own films.
and confidence as art-makers. As well as developing and
creating their own artworks, students are expected to          Through the study and analysis of films, the course
explore and compare art from different perspectives and in     explores film history, theory and sociocultural
different contexts.                                            background. The course develops students’ critical
                                                               thinking in order to appreciate a range of cultural and
There are 3 components to the course:                          historical perspectives in film. To achieve an international
1. An online Process Portfolio with evidence of                understanding of film, students are taught to consider
   experimentation, exploration, manipulation of art-          film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view
   making materials and concepts (40%).                        of different individuals, nations and cultures. The
2. An Exhibition of selected resolved pieces that              course requires students to make their own films and
   demonstrate evidence of technical accomplishment,           develop creative, analytical and production skills within

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                                                 Diploma Core
                                                 Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

                                                 The Theory of Knowledge course, which is a 100-hour
                                                 two-year timetabled course and is mandatory for all
                                                 DP students, aims to stimulate critical reflection on the
                                                 nature of knowledge. By focussing on the key question
                                                 “How do we know?”, this course encourages students
                                                 to think critically both about the subjects that they are
                                                 studying and the world around them.

                                                 Students compare areas of knowledge as diverse
                                                 as mathematics and history, the natural and human
                                                 sciences and the arts and ethics. While doing so,
                                                 they explore the assumptions and value judgments
                                                 that underlie the claims that people involved in these
                                                 areas, and the students themselves, make. They are
                                                 encouraged to explore ToK within the context of their
                                                 own learning and lives and to consider the impact
                                                 of cultural and contextual differences on both the
                                                 production and acquisition of knowledge.

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