Introduction to Environmental Systems for the IB Diploma

The Foundations of Environmental Systems
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740 students
Introduction to Environmental Systems for the IB Diploma
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (13 ratings)
740 students
Develop an understanding of the essential foundations of environmental systems and their relationship with human society.


  • Middle/High School general science or biology

The course is designed to help students studying the IB Environmental Systems and Societies course at Diploma Level. However it is also useful for any High School students doing ecology, geography or environmental science.

The course is built to help students review and prepare for summative assessments in the subject as well as provide additional understanding, examples and ways of thinking about the course.

Who this course is for:
  • Students taking IB Environmental Systems and Societies classes or taking ecology and environmental science units in Biology, Environmental Science or Geography at High School
5 sections • 10 lectures • 1h 24m total length
  • Welcome
  • Environmental Value System overview
  • What is Intrinsic Value?
  • 1.1 Environmental Value Systems
  • Case Study Assignment
  • Systems and Models
  • Systems and Models
  • Systems and Models Assignment 1
  • Constructing and energy flow diagram
  • Energy and Equilibria
  • Tipping Points
  • Energy and Equilibria
  • Sustainability
  • Defining Sustainability
  • EIA structured Essay Practice
  • Sustainability exam type practice questions
  • Humans and Pollution
  • Pollution in Vietnam
  • Topic 1.5 Pollution in Vietnam

Facilitator at Four Corners Education
Nigel Gardner
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  • 740 Students
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As a former IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Head of Programme, Head of Science and Curriculum writer, Nigel bring over a decades worth of experience within the International Education sector. Having led in highly successful schools in both Asia and Europe, Nigel and Four Corners Education are now developing a wider model of support students and teachers to engage with the Middle Years, Diploma Subject and Core course content and requirements in a variety of ways.

Providing short courses on current trends within IB Education aimed at enhancing individual professional journeys for teachers around the world. Focus areas include ATL skills within the Diploma programme, Developing student support services and curriculum planning for authorisation and evaluation.

Subject Support for students:  Helping students focus on the tasks they are completing each week, using real world examples to expand their understanding beyond the classroom.

Detailed modelled answers to real examination style questions help students understand what the examiner is looking for in each question and task. Developing the underlying skills required to be successful in both MYP and DP.