ib_logo.jpgPsychology is defined as the systematic study of human behavior and experience. Psychology has its roots in both natural and social sciences, which provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.

This course offers students an introduction to a field of study that brings together several academic disciplines.  The Renton School District’s goal is to expose students to an overview of psychology that includes the units of study listed below in a way that prepares them for success on the IB examination, for their future as professionals in a wide range of careers and as family members. 

IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behavior.  The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB Psychology.

IB Psychology takes a holistic approach that fosters intercultural understanding and respect. In the core of the IB Psychology course, the biological level of analysis demonstrates what all humans share, whereas the cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis reveal the immense diversity of influences that produce human behavior and mental processes. Cultural diversity is explored and students are encouraged to develop empathy for the feelings, needs and lives of others within and outside their own culture. This empathy contributes to an international understanding.