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 Gudrun Boison Wiktor

Biology

In Biology we learn to see connections between structure and function on all levels of life – molecules of life, cells, whole organisms and ecosystems. We learn to understand and evaluate scientific data and how science developed.

You will use different sources – course books, film clips, animations, biotechnological databases and computer programs. You will of course also learn by doing experiments! Design your own experiment and evaluate it!

Our everyday life is full of biology: diet, health and training, viruses, gene technology, global warming, environmental pollution… Society and science needs knowledgeable people!

Many questions are directly linked to TOK. How are we able to distinguish between the living and non-living environment or between scientific and pseudoscientific claims? In CAS you may use what you learned about health.

Gudrun Boison Wiktor, teacher Biology

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Chemistry

Chemistry is the science about understanding how the universe is built up on the level we cannot see even with a microscope. However, how both living organisms and the non-living environment function is entirely dependent on the properties of atoms and molecules.

In my teaching we work with important discoveries in the history of modern chemistry. Experiments is a crucial part of the studies in order to comprehend the theories. I would like to stress that we do not only describe how this microcosmos functions but also explain how this picture have emerged.

To understand how the building blocks of nature functions is of uttermost importance for all areas of the society. Batteries in electric cars is producing electricity by a chemical process where research and development is very intensive today. The research when developing new medical drugs is depen-dent on advanced knowledge in organic chemistry. This is only two examples of areas where many jobs are available today and where more is to come.

Per Wiktor, teacher Chemistry

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Mathematichs

Mathematics: analysis and approaches is for students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. This course is offered in both Standard level and Higher level variants.

Mathematics: applications and interpretation is for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems using technology.

In the IB classroom, teachers will provide students with regular opportunities to learn through mathematical inquiry, by making frequent use of strategies which stimulate students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

As a tool, mathematics is used to support the natural and social sciences.

Patrik Tunström and Daniel Breton, teachers mathematics

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Psychology

In psychology we study human behaviour, thinking and decision-making. We study the interaction between what are the cause and effect of human behaviour, for instance nature or nurture.

The students work with activities, reading, watching YouTube clips of different psychological experiment for instance Stanford Prison experiment. We also do psychological experiments ourselves as part of education.

If you want to know more about soft values like human behaviour, understand the importance of the childhood, think a bit more about the future than psychology perhaps is something for you.

Psychology and TOK are closely connected: what does the human nature consist of? Are the human mind a result of nature or nurture? And where in the brain can we find our consciousness?

Mattias Sahlman Karlsson, teacher Psychology

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History

History is the subject where we learn about individuals and societies of the past, and study sources to draw conclusions.

Me and my students use lectures, books, podcasts, timelines, films and source material to learn about the past and work individually and together in discussions and with presentations. We compare and contrast different historical events and individuals.

In history we study the past to better understand the present – to understand change and continuity. We practice the skills of critical thinking and explore the past.

History is linked to the IB Core: Can we learn from history? It gives us the tools to examine and understand the world around us.

Ingela Ehrenström, Teacher History

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English B

In English B the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) will be practiced in multiple ways to take you all the way to the exam year two. The focus will be learning from a global perspective so that students can increase their understanding of language and culture.

The course is based on five themes namely Identities, Experiences, Human ingenuity, Social organization and Sharing the planet.

We will study, analyse, and interpret novels, short stories, articles and any other written material. Ted-talks, podcasts, radio programmes and other listening activities will be part of the course. Debates, presentations, podcasts, films, dramatisations of plays, and a spoken word poetry festival are examples of group work and cooperative learning.

TOK moments give the students an opportunity to relate to the ideas and concepts explored of language as one of the TOK ways of knowing.

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Business Management

In business management, I teach my students what goes on behind the scenes in organizations we interact with everyday. We study marketing, finance, human resources and day-to-day operations.

To engage with these topics, we work with case studies and analyze strategic decisions. On top of this, we apply concepts such as globalisation, innovation and ethics, which give the subject more depth.

If you want to know why and how people start businesses, what makes a good leader, or get to the bottom of what's behind companies' success, you should join us in business management!

This subject is easy to connect to TOK: how is psychology used in marketing? Can you be ethical while making a profit? Through CAS you may engage with other organizations and use your newly acquired business skills.

Beatrice Attered, teacher business Management

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English A Language and literature

In this course you learn how English is used for different purposes to communicate. We read novels, short stories, poetry and study non-literary texts such as speeches, advertisements, propaganda, etc. We look carefully at how language is being used, for example to entertain, to persuade, to educate you or even to scare.

We practice with texts from a variety of print and on-line media, from different time periods and cultures. Students work individually and collaboratively through close reading, discussion, role play, presentations and log-book writing.

This course teaches you to interpret, analyze and evaluate texts and you improve your writing and speaking skills. Most importantly, it fosters a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature.

This subject connects to the IB Core through its emphasis on inquiry, critical thinking and reflection.

Karen Dahlén, teacher English A

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Economics

In economics, we delve deep into issues such as individuals' and producers' behaviours in a market. How do these actors make choices? Are we rational? The subject covers the economic growth in countries, government interventions such as taxes, international trade and economic development.

Diagrams and theoretical models are vital tools in explaining and analyzing complex real-world issues.

Understanding these things is like having a cheat code to life: knowing how everthing is interconnected and how your consumption creates ripple effects will let you make better choices for your future.

Within the theory of economics there are many vital assumptions than can always be questioned, why do we use models that doesn't always hold true? The focus on sustainability creates many opportunities for CAS-projects.

Beatrice Attered, teacher Economics

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Swedish A and B

Swedish A läser du som har svenska som modersmål. Swedish B är för dig som har svenska som andraspråk, med betyg från åk 9 eller motsvarande kunskaper.

Swedish A literature är en litteraturkurs vilket innebär att du som elev läser både poesi, drama och romaner från olika tider och olika platser. Du lär dig litteraturvetenskaplig analys och att presentera dina tankar självständigt och kreativt. Swedish B fokuserar på olika teman, knutna till det svenska samhället. Du tränar ditt språk i tal och skrift för att kunna uttrycka dig korrekt. I båda kurser läser och bearbetar du texter samt utvecklar din språkliga och analytiska förmåga i samtal med andra elever.

Kopplingar till IB Core: Genom studierna lär du dig att se världen ur andras ögon samt förstå dig själv och din omvärld.

Elsa Werme Lindstrand and Karin Grenabo, teachers Swedish

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Global Politics

The global politics course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability, and peace in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels. The students develop an understanding of the local, national and global dimensions of political activity, and explore political issues affecting their own lives.

The students understand abstract political concepts by grounding them in real world examples and case studies. Comparisons between case studies ensures a transnational perspective.

The course teaches you to develop an awareness of multiple perspectives. It encourages dialogue and debate, nurturing the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims.

Connections to the IB Core: Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, critical thinking and provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of choice.

Eleni Pisoka, teacher Global Politics

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Environmental systems and societies

Environmental systems and societies (ESS) is a subject that provides students with knowledge regarding the relationships between environmental issues and our society. The subject covers a range of topics such as biodiversity and endangered species, global water stress, human resource use and the global climate change.

The international perspective and the awareness of local and global environmental concerns are important as well as an understanding of the scientific methods, such as practical work and field studies.

Knowledge in ESS enables students to develop an understanding of environmental concerns and adopt an informed personal response to a range of environmental issues that they will come to face.

The links to TOK and CAS are many throughout the subject. Students evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of environmental issues and they often find interest and become engaged in local environmental concerns.

Caroline Billow, teacher Environmental systems and societies

Physics

Physics is the study of the Universe. This can be a challenge, but it is a challenge worth meeting. The IB Physics course offers a detailed curriculum that includes Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, energy systems, electromagnetism and nuclear physics as core topics. Other topics, such as astronomy, relativity, optics and engineering physics can be done as optional topics.

If you wish to pursue a future career in engineering, sustainable energy, robotics or automation, you will need to study physics. The IB physics course is excellent preparation for any university course focused on these topics.

Jonathan Wright, teacher Physics

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