Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)
“Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and 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.” - IB DP subject guide for ITGS
Students will learn technology skills and concepts, although ITGS is not a computer skills course.
Students will analyze and evaluate the social impact of information technology on individuals and society and consider the ethical issues raised by this impact. Issues such as reliability, integrity, privacy and anonymity, intellectual property, equality of access, control, and policies and standards will be analyzed from both local and global perspectives recognizing that that attitudes and opinions are diverse within and between different cultures. ITGS shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, and considers ethical questions found in the study of philosophy.
Course content includes three elements, but they are studied in an integrated way:
Social and ethical significance
Content includes: reliability, integrity, security, privacy and anonymity, authenticity, intellectual property, equality of access, control, surveillance, globalization and cultural diversity, policies and standards, people and machines, digital citizenship. HL students also study these issues through a case study.
Application to specific scenarios
Content includes: business and employment, education, environment, health, home and leisure, politics and government. HL students also study two extension topics based on real- life scenarios.
The terminology, concepts and tools relating to specified IT developments are studied using the following topics. hardware, software, networks, internet, personal and public communications, multimedia/digital media, databases, spreadsheets, modelling and simulations, introduction to project management.
Internal assessment project (30 hours)
The requirement of the project is to develop an original IT solution to a real problem for a specified client. Students should undertake a challenging task using advanced techniques to demonstrate their practical IT and project management skills.
Examinations and Grades
SL: two written examinations totaling three hours and being worth 70% of the grade. One internal assessment project worth 30%.
HL: three written examinations totaling four hours 45 minutes and being worth 80% of the grade. One internal assessment portfolio worth 20%.
“ITGS is a fun and interesting course that deals with the impact of technology in our everyday lives; it allows us to think of problems and solutions on our own instead of just receiving excessive information.” - Nader