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.

Sample Viva Voce – 4 Voices


Elvis Presley (I’ll bet his Viva Voce would be amazing!!)

For a supervisor, I believe the most satisfying part of the entire Extended Essay process is the Viva Voce.

(who else is singing “Viva Las Vegas” in their heads right now …?)

Anyway, I digress …

What I love about the Viva Voce is that it is a chance to really celebrate what our students have accomplished. For the majority of our students, the EE is a great way for them to showcase their passion for a subject area, their research and writing skills, as well as their critical thinking skills. In the Viva Voce, students can reflect on their EE journey and talk about the process in a thoughtful and compelling way. It’s always so nice to see students consider their past struggles and make the connection to how it’s brought them to their present state of being a more refined and enlightened young adult.

Am I being too idealistic? I don’t think so.

Have a listen to the following audio recordings of four different students. You’ll understand what I mean once you hear their voices.