The aims of the social and cultural anthropology course at SL and HL are to enable students to:
1. Explore principles of social and cultural life and characteristics of societies and cultures
2. Foster an awareness of historical, scientific and social contexts within which social and cultural anthropology has developed
3. Develop in the student a capacity to recognize preconceptions and assumptions of their own social and cultural environments
4. Develop an awareness of relationships between local, regional and global processes and issues.
Assessment component Weighting
External assessment (3 hours) 80%
Paper 1 (1 hour)
Three compulsory questions based on an unseen text, covering aspects drawn from the whole syllabus. (20 marks) 30%
Paper 2 (2 hours)
Ten questions based on part 2 of the syllabus. Students choose two questions to be answered in essay form. (44 marks) 50%
Two compulsory activities to be internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB. (20 marks)
• A one-hour observation followed by a written report of 600–700 words.
• A critique of the initial report of 700–800 words. 20%
5 GCSE at 9 - 4 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 4 in English and or Maths
(Students that narrowly miss out on L3 entry requirements can still be accepted subject to decision of subject leader for the chosen course).
If successful on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme students can follow a pathway onto university, a high-level apprenticeship or straight into employment post-18.