World Studies Extended Essay


… and how can these be explored through a WSEE?

According to the IB, the World Studies Extended Essay (WSEE) “enables students to engage in an interdisciplinary examination of a topic of local and global significance. Students develop their understanding of their chosen topic by drawing on two Diploma Programme disciplines, one of which they must be studying already” (“Teacher Support Material”).

This is an exciting option for students to consider and one that should be encouraged as they begin the EE process. Essentially, the WSEE allows students to study and research two IB subject areas and connect them to an issue of contemporary global importance. The WSEE also allows students to focus on a local manifestation of a particular issue and should fit under one of the following themes:

  • Health and development
  • Culture, language, and identity
  • Environmental and/or economic sustainability
  • Science, technology, and society
  • Equality and inequality
  • Conflict, peace, and security

Paul LaRondie (PLR) hosted an assembly this morning based on the WSEE. During his presentation, he went into more detail regarding the WSEE and possible approaches students could take. If you were absent during his presentation, you can find his informational slide show below:

There is a hyperlink on the first slide of sample WSEE research questions (RQ’s) in case you’d like to see how past students have combined their passion for two different subject areas. If you are excited at the prospect of writing a WSEE and would like to meet to discuss it further, please leave a comment below, drop me a line via email, or come and see me in my classroom.


“What’s it about?” Sharing information about the WSEE with our Grade 11 students.

Works Cited

“Teacher Support Material.” |The International Baccalaureate|Le Baccalauréat International|El Bachillerato Internacional|(2), Accessed 6 Dec. 2017.

Passion Fuels Progress

Congratulations to those of you who attended the Academic Honesty / Research Skills session with Susan Grigsby (SGr) and Tricia Friedman (PFr) last week. I hope it has given you time to consider the various resources that are available to you both in and outside of school. As you begin thinking about the possibilities for your EE, please remember to refer to the Prezi below:

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You may also want to check out Tricia’s Google Slides where she guides you on how to “search like a boss”:

If you missed last Thursday’s session, you can watch the video recording below:

Remember, Day 2 of EE Carousels takes place this Thursday. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch so we can chat. Can’t wait to see what you’ve all come up with!

#buzzbuzz #WWBD