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Group of students in discussionIndividuals and societies

Students are  required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, including one from Individuals and societies. They can choose a second subject from each academic area except the arts.

Subjects available:

All of these subjects may be studied at higher level or standard level except world religions, which is SL only.

Global politics is an exciting new addition to group 3, offering students an opportunity to explore fundamental political concepts such as power, liberty and equality, in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels. Global politics will be offered as a pilot course from 2012 and it is intended that this course will be available on mainstream offer from September 2015. Please note thatduring the pilot stage only schools authorised to take part in the pilot may offer the course.

Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of:

  • human experience and behaviour
  • the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit
  • the history of social and cultural institutions.


In addition, each subject is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies.

The following courses are available online:

For more information, please click the subjects above and visit Pamoja Education's website.

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"IB history students have jumped at the opportunity to do internal assessment pieces about colonialism, the civil rights movement, and the African-American experience. That their own history and interests are validated in an academic programme has been essential to their success."

Adam Man, Diploma Programme coordinator, Baltimore City College, Maryland