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International School Suva

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Humanities - Year 11 and 12


Y11 and 12
ACT Business, ACT Economics and ACT History

IB Diploma Business and Management, IB Diploma Economics and IB Diploma History Asia- Oceania Peacemaking
Business students learn the goals and importance of business environment, business cycle and phases of development, business entities, industry and legal structure, the importance of small and medium business to an economy, critical business establishment factors, the role of business plan and its elements as well as the business image, operations and finance. Students also learn critical management issues and ethical management responsibilities and marketing. Y12 students learn the nature of employment relations, changing nature of employment and employment cycle, industrial conflict and the benefits and costs of industrial disputes. The final business management unit covered includes financial planning and operations management which looks at different types of business reports, application of financial statements, ratios and working capital management. The study of operations management includes topics on breakeven analysis, quality management, types of production, stock management and lean production.

Economics students are introduced to the fundamentals of economics along with microeconomics in the first semester of Year 11. The main concepts studied here include markets, demand, supply, elasticity’s and price controls. Students also learn about macroeconomics including the topics of national income, economic growth, fiscal and monetary policies, unemployment and inflation and the Philips curve. In year 12, the first semester focuses on international trade and development economics. The key concepts include free trade and protection, exchange rates, WTO, balance of payments, economic development, causes and measures of development and factors that hinders development. The final semester focus is on market failures and market structures. This topic looks at market failures, externalities and policies to reduce negative externalities. The course finishes with the study of perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic market structures.
History students learn about causes, practices of wars. Specific wars include World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War and the Chinese Civil War. They also study the rise and rule of authoritarian states by examining the conditions that gave rise to totalitarian governments, ideologies, and its appeal. Students also learn about the political, economic, social and cultural impacts as well as the legacies of these totalitarian regimes. Case studies include Germany 1923 – ’45 and Cuba 1959 – ’76. Year 12 students undertake a study of modern China from the Manchu dynasty to Mao Zedong’s rule, looking at western intrusion, communist victory in 1949, and Mao’s rule and his successors up to 1990. Mao’s rule is an additional authoritarian state for IB Diploma students. The final unit continues with the IB Asia and Oceania regional option by examining the collapse of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate and the transition to the modern era, the establishment of a modern government, its imperial conquests and militarism, its role in international affairs and post-World War II reconstruction.
Students develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills through oral presentations and seminars, fieldwork, simulations, debates, research projects and excursions, as well as develop a greater awareness of global systems.


The Model UN
The Humanities and Technology Department organizes the annual ISS Model UN where students in Years 9 – 12 and from other neighboring schools debate global issues in 3 committees – General Assembly, ECOSOC and Security Council. Click here for more information.