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The subject groups are: 1. Studies in language and literature 2. Language acquisition 3. Individuals and societies 4. Sciences 5. Mathematics 6. Arts Instead of choosing a subject in group 6 you can choose an extra subject from one of the other subject groups. Three of the subjects must be Standard Level and three of them Higher Level. All subject courses are concluded with exams. Furthermore you must complete the IB Diploma core elements: EE, CAS and TOK. Read the subject descriptions below carefully, before choosing your subjects.
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What is taught in Danish A Literature? IB Danish A Literature allows you to become acquainted with a variety of literature from Denmark and world literature translated to Danish. You will be reading literature from different periods, genres and styles, and analyzing the works in order to appreciate the writer’s techniques and in order to form your own literary judgement. Standard Level (SL) SL is a good choice if you are interested in: – reading literary works in Danish – understanding different aspects of literary use of language – learning to read between the lines – meeting different perspectives on life represented in literature. – working with writers’ techniques. IB Diploma subject brief Language A Literature SL Higher Level (HL) HL is a good choice if you: – are a trained reader who is interested in reading literature of different genres and also whole works, not only parts of works. – have deep interest in looking into the works and dig deeper in writers’ techniques. – are interested in working with the mindsets represented in the works, also works from cultures far from your own. IB Diploma subject brief Language A Literature HL How does the course prepare you for the exams? We prepare for the exams through class discussion and written hand ins. What is required to successfully complete the course? Danish A is the IB Danish course for students with Danish as their mother tongue. You must have passed exam in Danish at 9th grade lower-secondary level. How will Danish A benefit you? IB Danish A is required for most further educations in Denmark.
What is Self-taught Language A about? IB Self-taught language is a school supported self-taught course for students who would like to work with literature in their own native language other than Danish or English. You can complete IB Self-taught language at Grenaa Gymnasium in a great number of different languages from around the world. IB Self-taught language focuses on analyzing literature, both fiction and non-fiction, in relation to culture, historical context, audience, techniques and style and literary theory. You will have to work independently with ten different works of literature, including both literature translated into your native language, and literature written by writers of your native language. Works must be chosen by you in accordance with the prescribed list of authors for their language and in accordance with the prescribed list of translated literature. Grenaa Gymnasium offers Self-taught Language A at Standard Level IB Diploma subject brief Language A Literature SL How does the course prepare you for the exams? You prepare for the exams through written assignments, reading, analyzing and interpreting literature on your own and, participating in mock exams in your language and in general, following the guidance of your self-taught teacher. Occasionally and prior to beginning new parts of the self-taught course you will meet with a teacher and other self-taught students, but most of the time you will work on your own. What is required to successfully complete the course? You must:
If you have the possibility of finding a tutor who masters your chosen language and is knowledgeable about literature in your language, you should consider this possibility, as feedback and guidance from a teacher who masters your own language is a good addition to the guidance, you can get from the self-taught guidance classes. How will the course benefit you? IB Self-taught Language A may be a requirement for further studies in your home country that you have passed an exam in you own language at native language level.
What is taught in English Language and Literature? IB English Language and Literature has a twofold focus in that both fiction and non-fiction is analysed in relation to culture, historical context, mass communication, audience and literary theory. IB English Language and Literature will let you ask questions like: How is a piece of writing a product of its time? What techniques are used to make advertising persuasive? How do authors hypnotize readers with the use of metaphors and vivid language? Standard Level (SL) Texts studied are extremely varied as we work with literature in a very broad spectrum. For example: Novels Speeches Poetry Short stories Graphic novels Comic strips Blogs Advertising IB Diploma subject brief English Language and Literature SL Higher Level (HL) More topics and works than at SL are to be read. IB Diploma subject brief English A Language and Literature HL How will the course prepare you for the exams? You prepare for the exams through assignments and reading, analyzing and interpreting literature. What is required to successfully complete the course? IB English Language and Literature might be a good choice if you enjoy reading novels and wonder how language is used with specific aims in mind. IB English Language and Literature requires that you are a proficient user of English (C1). You must have: – a solid knowledge of English grammar as it is not taught in the course – motivation to read large amounts of text – abilities within writing academic English How will IB English Language and Literature benefit you? IB English Language and Literature provides you with English skills necessary for university courses in English.
Grenaa Gymnasium offer Language B ab initio courses in Spanish and in Danish (from August 2018) What is taught in Language B ab initio? Language B ab initio are language courses for beginners. We teach languages through conversation, writing, and studying fiction and non-fiction texts and media. We organise our studies in topics, e.g. cultural diversity and traditions, and subjects like communication and media, social relationships, and global issues. IB Diploma subject description Language B ab initio SL How does the course prepare you for the exams? You will be prepared for the exams through regular hand-ins, e.g. producing different text types, such as articles, speeches, brochures, blog entries, letters and instructions. What is required to successfully complete Spanish Ab Initio? Spanish Ab Initio is a good choice if you have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish. How will IB Spanish Ab Initio benefit you? Spanish Ab Initio does not prepare you for studying Spanish at university level, but serves as the basis for further studies or living in a Spanish speaking country. Spanish Ab initio will let you: acquire communicative skills, corresponding to A1-A2 (CEFR)
Grenaa Gymnasium offers: Danish B SL/HL English B SL/HL French B SL German B SL Spanish B SL What is taught in Language B? IB Language B is language learning for non-native speakers. We teach languages through conversation, writing, and studying fiction and non-fiction texts and media. We organise our studies in topics, e.g. cultural diversity and traditions, and subjects like communication and media, social relationships, and global issues. How does the course prepare you for the exams? You will be prepared for the exams through regular hand-ins, e.g. producing different text types, such as articles, speeches, brochures, blog entries, letters and instructions. What is required to successfully complete Language B? IB Language B Standard Level courses generally require that you:
IB Diploma subject brief Language B SL Higher Level (HL) In addition to the requirements for SL, on HL you will read two additional literary works. IB Diploma subject brief Language B HL Further requirements: Danish/French/German/Spanish B: At the start of the course, you are required to have basic language skills and knowledge of the language in question, corresponding to A2 (CEFR):
English B: At the start of the course you are competent in communicative skills, corresponding to B1 (SL) – B2 (HL) (CEFR):
How will IB Language B benefit you?
What is taught in IB Economics? IB Economics is theoretical economics applied to real world issues. Cases analyzed are wide-ranging, e.g. economic consequences of Brexit or how robots could create structural unemployment. With Economics you’ll be able to understand the links between social structures, politics and the economy of today’s world. Standard Level (SL) SL has four sections: micro- and macro-economics, international and development economics. SL requires that you learn some parts of the syllabus by heart, especially diagrams. In return the number of pages that have to be read is relatively limited. IB subject brief Economics SL Higher Level (HL) HL consists of the SL topics, with extensions in some of them. IB subject brief Economics HL How does the course prepare you for the exams? All exams are written and you prepare for them through regular written assignments. What is required to successfully complete the course? HL requires that you possess strong quantitative skills with regard to calculating percentages, reading diagrams and solving simple equations. How will IB Economics benefit you? Economics is a good choice if you wish to pursue further education within e.g. social science, economics, political science or financial subjects. However, Economics does not formally qualify for admission to any further education.
What is taught in IB History? In IB History at Grenaa Gymnasium we focus on 20th century world history topics allowing you to acquire a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and the world today. IB History is a rigorous academic discipline that requires you to develop strong skills of source evaluation, critical analysis of e.g. causes and effects, evaluation of different perspectives and to make use of these skills in a coherent line of argument. The Internal Assessment-project in History offers a good opportunity to learn basic skills necessary for the Extended Essay in any subject. Standard Level Prescribed subject: The Move to Global war The global developments that led to the outbreak of World War II. It prepares you for the Paper 1 exam that focuses on understanding, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of historical sources. World history topics:
This prepares you for the Paper 2 exam that focuses on your ability to present an evidence-based, critical and evaluative analysis of a specific historical issue. IB subject description for History SL Higher Level Higher Level consists of the Standard Level topics and three in-depth studies. History of Europe:
The SL and HL courses prepare you for the Paper 2 and 3 exams that focus on your ability to present an evidence-based, critical and evaluative analysis of a specific historical issue. IB subject description for History HL The SL and HL topics outlined below have overlaps and supplement each other. How does the course prepare you for the exams? All history exams are written and there are frequent written assignments to prepare you for them. What is required to successfully complete the course? IB History is a good choice if you
How will IB History benefit you? Many further educations in Denmark require that you have completed a history course at this level in order to be admitted.
What is taught in IB Psychology? Psychology is a good choice if you are interested in investigating:
You will be working in groups and individually. Standard Level (SL): Psychology requires you to have a very scientific approach when developing knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and empirical studies within areas of for example: – biological psychology, – cognitive psychology – socio-cultural psychology. You will be expected to apply critical thinking skills and develop these throughout the course. You will do an experimental study, processing the data statistically. IB Diploma subject brief Psychology SL Higher Level (HL): In addition to the SL-syllabus, HL expects you to reach a higher understanding of methodology, i.e. the methods used in psychological research. IB Diploma subject brief Psychology HL How will the course prepare you for the exams?Tests and frequent assignments will prepare you for the exams. What is necessary to successfully complete the course? HL requires that you possess stronger statistical mathematical skills than needed for SL. How will IB Psychology benefit you? IB Psychology is very beneficial if you want to become a nurse, a teacher or any profession with human interaction, such as a doctor, lawyer, etc. It does not, however, formally qualify for any specific university study.
What is taught in IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL?
This exciting new interdisciplinary course looks at issues of concern to everybody.
ESS is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment.
ESS is designed to combine the methodology, techniques and knowledge associated with group 4 (Sciences) with those associated with group 3 (Individuals and societies).
ESS can therefore fulfill either the group 3 or , or alternatively this course enables you to satisfy the requirements of both subjects groups simultaneously while studying this course.
Standard Level include
Fieldwork studies are an important part of the course.
How does the course prepare you for the exams?
There will be written assignments based upon case studies, field work and/or experimental work, as well as tests.
What is required to successfully complete the course?
ESS is interdisciplinary by nature and therefore requires a broad skill set from students, including the ability to perform research and investigations, as well as participation in discussions and problem-solving.
How will IB ESS benefit you?
ESS is a good choice if you are keen to learn more about our planet, how we use our planet today, and how we can ensure a sustainable development in the future.
ESS will enable you to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.
IB ESS formally qualifies for further education in Denmark and abroad, where a non-specified science subject is required.
You need to inquire specifically at any university you wish to apply for admittance at.
What is taught in IB Biology? Biology is the study of life from the level of the cell its molecular construction and complex metabolic reactions to the interactions that make whole ecosystems function. Biologists use many different investigation approaches and techniques. We teach biology with a variety of approaches. Students will experience a mix between standard class room teaching, team and group work, experimental work and field work on excursions. Standard Level (SL) Cell Biology Molecular Biology Genetics Ecology Evolution and biodiversity Human physiology. IB Diploma subject brief Biology SL Higher Level (HL) In addition to the SL topics, HL covers: Nucleic acids Metabolism Cell respiration Photosynthesis Plant biology Genetics and evolution Animal physiology IB subject brief Biology HL How will the course prepare you for the exams? You prepare for the exams through tests and frequent written assignments. What is required to successfully complete the course? Biology HL is a good choice if you have a keen interest in a wide range of biological topics and have previously experienced formal science education at upper-secondary level. How will IB Biology benefit you? IB Biology formally qualifies most further science and health educations in Denmark and abroad. You need to inquire specifically at any university you wish to apply for admittance at.
What is taught in IB Chemistry? Chemistry is sometimes referred to as the central science, because it is an integrated part of our physical environment and all biological systems. This is why scientists from other fields including biology, engineering, geology, physics, and medicine work with chemists in interdisciplinary teams. IB Chemistry provides you with higher-order investigative experiences and activities to promote a deeper understanding of critical concepts of chemistry. IB Chemistry helps you to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform university level scientific investigations. We teach IB Chemistry with a variety of approaches. By its very nature, chemistry lends itself to an experimental approach, and that is reflected throughout the course. Standard Level (SL) Stoichiometry Atomic Theory Chemical Bonding Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry. One Option in applied chemistry IB subject brief Chemistry SL Higher Level (HL) In the HL course you will work deeper into each of the topics above and solving more advanced problems. IB subject brief Chemistry HL How does the course prepare you for the exams? You prepare for the exams trough assignments throughout the course involving previous exam questions and reports on experimental work. What is required to successfully complete the course? Higher Level is a good choice if you have previously received formal instruction in chemistry. Basic mathematic skills are necessary. How will IB Chemistry benefit you? IB Chemistry allows you to acquire formal qualifications to a wide range of science programmes at colleges and universities throughout the world.
What is taught in IB Physics? Physics is one of the fundamental experimental sciences. Its scope is literally infinite: it seeks to explain everything from the very smallest to the very largest things in the universe, from subatomic particles over climate to cosmos. IB Physics combines theoretical studies (75%) with experiments performed by the students (25%). Standard Level (SL): • Mechanics • Thermal physics • Waves • Electricity and magnetism • Atomic, nuclear and particle physics • Energy production. IB subject description Physics SL Higher Level (HL) in addition to the SL topics: • Wave phenomena • Fields • Electromagnetic induction • Quantum and nuclear physics IB subject description Physics HL At both levels one additional topic is chosen among four options: Theory of relativity, Engineering physics, Imaging, and Astrophysics. How will the course prepare you for the exams? Frequent written assignments, tests and experimental reports prepare you for the exams. What is necessary to successfully complete the course? For the successful study of IB Physics, a strong foundation in mathematics is very important. It is therefore recommended that Physics is combined with Mathematics SL or HL. How will IB Physics benefit you? IB Physics gives access to science, engineering and medical studies at colleges and universities around the world.
What is taught in IB Mathematics? Mathematics is a search for patterns in the real and in the abstract world. We aim at making general statements about the observed patterns. For example: Pythagoras’ theorem for right-angled triangles applies to all right-angled triangles. We apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in meaningful contexts.
You must choose between
How does the course prepare you for the exams?
There will be regular hand-ins to support what has been taught in class, thus preparing you for the exams.
What is necessary to successfully complete the course and how will IB Mathematics benefit you?
Mathematics: applications and interpretation
Standard and Higher Level requires that you possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and you are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly e.g. trigonometry, functions, equation solving etc.
Math applications and interpretations is a good choice if you expect to pursue a career in e.g. social sciences, business, humanities, languages or arts.
Math analysis and approaches
Standard Level requires that you are from the outset competent in a range of analytical and technical skills e.g. trigonometry, functions, equation solving etc.
Standard Level is a good choice if you expect to need a sound mathematical background for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration.
Higher Level requires that you are from the outset very competent in a range of analytical and technical skills e.g. trigonometry, functions, equation solving etc.
Higher Level is a good choice if you expect to include mathematics as a major component of your university studies (mathematics, physics, engineering and technology).
What is taught in IB Music? Music functions as a means of personal and communal identity and expression, and embodies the social and cultural values of individuals and communities. Music is an art and entertainment form, as well as a communication medium that has existed since pre-historic times. The IB Diploma study of music aims at developing perception and practical skills through analysing, composing and performing music. We seek to make the study of music holistic through integration of theoretical and practical approaches. Standard Level (SL)
IB Diploma subject brief Music SL Higher Level (HL)
IB Diploma subject brief Music HL How does the course prepare you for the exams? To prepare the students for exams, there will be regular hand ins to support the line of study for the individual student. What is required to successfully complete the course? For SL no prior music experience is mandatory, although it is recommended. The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to build on prior experience in music while encouraging a broad approach to the subject and developing new skills, techniques and ideas. For HL, prior music experience is very strongly recommended. How will IB Music benefit you? Both courses provide a foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers.
What is taught in IB Visual Arts? IB Visual Arts provides knowledge and skills enabling you to appreciate art and perform art. The course allows you to acquaint yourself with a variety of themes related to art, architecture, design and photography. You will work with overall themes, learn about art history, art theory and practice, as well as being introduced to curatorial practice and visiting art museums. You will acquire knowledge of a variety of techniques and art forms, for example:
IB Visual Arts allows you to have a very individually designed course as you are required to develop and create your own individual art work, analyzing your works in order to develop techniques and ideas for your works. Standard Level (SL) SL requires you to produce 4-7 art works for the exam and a comparative study. IB subject brief Visual Arts SL Higher Level (HL) HL requires you to produce 8-11 art works for the exam and a comparative study. IB subnject brief Visual Arts HL How will the course prepare you for the exam? You prepare the exam through your art journal, where you develop your ideas in sketches, photos, paintings and written investigations. Finally you set up an exhibition with your works, for the IB Visual Arts exam. What is required to successfully complete the course? Visual Arts is a good choice if you have a keen interest in arts and design, and are willing to practise different skills. How will IB Visual Arts benefit you? IB Visual Arts is a good choice if you wish to pursue further education in Visual Arts, architecture, design or curatorial work at museums or galleries. The Best Experience Ever – a former IB-student about Visual Arts At Grenaa Gymnasium we believe that art matters – read about our collection of art