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Oxford IB Diploma Programme: Environmental Systems and Societies Course Companion

The only DP resources developed with the IB

Author Jill Rutherford and Author Gillian Williams

Suitable for:  Environmental Systems and Societies students

Price:  £41.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-833256-5
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Paperback: 448 pages
Dimensions: 276x219mm

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Motivating learners to explore and investigate scientific concepts, this new core Course Book helps learners actively connect study with wider issues relevant to the world today. The most comprehensive match to the 2015 syllabus and the only DP Environmental Systems developed with the IB, the inquiry-based approach truly engages learners.


  • Truly engage learners with scientific concepts - the inquiry-based approach drives active exploration, investigation and critical thought
  • Fully cover the new syllabus - the most comprehensive support for the new syllabus (first examination 2017), developed directly with the IB
  • Strengthen achievement - current case studies and activities accessibly connect learning with relevant global issues, driving motivation and achievement
  • Accurately implement the new requirements- written by DP Curriculum Developers and authors of the new syllabus
  • Support the new internal assessment - fresh ideas and new approaches to practicals from Gillian Williams help you tackle the changes
  • Build assessment potential - assessment support directly from the IB provides unrivalled exam preparation
  • Also available as an Online Course Book

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Table of Contents

1: Foundations of environmental systems and societies
1.1: Environmental value systems
1.2: Systems and models
1.3: Energy and equilibria
1.4: Sustainability
1.5: Humans and pollution
2: Ecosystems and ecology
2.1: Species and populations
2.2: Communities and ecosystems
2.3: Flows of energy and matter
2.4: Biomes, zonation and succession
2.5: Investigating ecosystems
3: Biodiversity and conservation
3.1: An introduction to biodiversity
3.2: Origins of biodiversity
3.3: Threats to biodiversity
3.4: Conservation of biodiversity
4: Water, food production, systems and society
4.1: Introduction to water systems
4.2: Access to freshwater
4.3: Aquatic food production systems

4.4: Water pollution
5: Soil systems and society
5.1: Introduction to soil systems
5.2: Terrestrial food production systems
5.3: Soil degradation and conservation
6: Atmospheric systems and society
6.1: Introduction to the atmosphere
6.2: Stratospheric ozone
6.3: Photochemical smog
6.4: Acid deposition
7: Climate change and energy
7.1: Energy choices and security
7.2: Climate change - causes and impacts
7.3: Climate change - mitigation and adaptation
8: Human Systems and resource use
8.1: Human population dynamics
8.2: Resource use in society
8.3: Solid domestic waste
8.4: Human population carrying capacity
9: Internal Assessment
10: External Assessment
11: Extended Essay