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IB Information technology in a global society

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY

Nature of Subject

The Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course involves the study and evaluation of the impact of information technology (IT) on individuals and society.  It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the use of digitized information at the local and global level.  ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.  Although ITGS shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, it also considers ethical questions found in the study of philosophy.  Students come into contact with IT on a daily basis because it is so pervasive in the world in which we live.  This widespread use of IT inevitably raises important questions about social and ethical issues that shape our society today.  ITGS offers an opportunity for a systematic study of these issues, whose range is such that they fall outside the scope of any other single discipline.

The Course

The ITGS syllabus at HL and SL is divided into three sections:

Section 1: Social and ethical issues

Section 2: IT systems in a social context

Section 3: Areas of impact

Students at HL are required to study all six areas of impact.  Students at SL are required to study part A and a minimum of two other areas of impact chosen from part B.

 Part A

 Part B

Assessment

Higher level

Paper 1 -1 hour 20%

Four compulsory short-answer questions that assess in an integrated way sections 1 and 2 of the syllabus.

Paper 2 - 2 hours 35%

Three structured questions from a choice of four on areas of impact.

Paper 3 - 1 hour  25%

Three questions based on a case study.

Students must produce:

Standard level

Paper 1 -1 hour 25%

Four compulsory short-answer questions that assess in an integrated way sections 1 and 2 of the syllabus.

Paper 2 - 2 hours 45%

Six structured questions that assess in an integrated way sections 1, 2 and 3 of the syllabus.

The paper is divided into two parts.

Part A: one compulsory question on business and employment.

Part B: five questions, one on each of the other areas of impact. Students are required to answer two questions from this section, each one on a different area of impact.

An IT solution to a problem set in a social context. Students must produce: