High School Courses
COURSE SELECTION 2017/2018
Selecting a course of study is an important decision that requires a determination of both short-term and long-range educational goals. Consider the choice of subjects carefully and discuss the matter with your counselor, teachers and above all, with your parents. ALL courses meet for the entire year and receive ONE credit unless otherwise indicated. Adding or dropping of courses is discouraged and course changes will not be permitted after two weeks into the semester. A full list of courses may be viewed here.
Please be aware of two clarifications to the course options available in Group 3: Individuals and Societies.
- IB History is offered both as an SL and as an HL option. The class is combined in year 1 and separated in year 2. Please see below for further details.
- Next year Nido will be proud to offer Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) as a Group 3 option at the SL level. The course has long been a popular Group 4 option, but now students may take it as their Group 3 option as well.
For students and parents desiring further clarification of the full range of Group 3 options, please refer to the information below. Contact the Guidance Office with any questions or changes to course selections already made.
IB Chile & Pacific Basin SL
This course addresses the history of different cultures and societies of the Pacific Basin, in the most ample context : political, social, economic, religious, and technological. The purpose of this course is to study the history of Chile - from an international and interdisciplinary standpoint - in order to analyze new trends, transformations, and their progression through time. The course requires evaluation of primary and secondary sources, and demands the exercise of research explorations to develop critical thinking and interpretation.
IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL (NEW)
This course is interdisciplinary in nature because there are direct connections between human social systems and our natural world. We examine this relationship on a range of scales. Discussion and research allow us to tackle issues that are both regional and global, such as how economics impacts pollution, or how international agreements address conflicts over resources. Conversely, hands-on activities will involve taking actual measurements and a focus on local ecosystems.
IB History SL
This course examines the foreign policies of expansionist states like Germany, Italy and Japan in the 1930s. It also explores the nature of authoritarian regimes in the mid-20th century, including Hitler, Mao and Castro. Lastly, it follows the development of the global Cold War in the late 20th century. The second year of the course allows students an opportunity to reinforce and extend their understanding of the same material and to prepare for the exam at a slower pace.
IB History HL
This course studies the same material as History SL, and in the first year the classes are combined. However, in the second year History HL shifts to a focus on the Americas. It examines the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century, how the Cold War unfolded in Latin America, as well as the phenomena of populism, democratic breakdown, and dictatorship in the region, with emphasis on Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
IB Economics SL
This course examines theories of micro-, macro-, international, and development economics. We explore the economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, governments, and societies. Economic theories are applied to real-world issues such as fluctuations in economic activity, international trade, economic development and environmental sustainability. The course encourages students to develop international perspectives, fosters a concern for global issues, and raises students’ awareness of their own responsibility at a local, national and global level.
IB Economics HL
This course studies the same material as Economics SL but places a special focus on the analysis of economic data in a real world context. The HL option is right for students who excel at applying economic concepts to a variety of situations, analyzing information through the use of economic theories, and evaluating concepts using economic perspectives.