Making links within the course
Integration is an important part of any IB course and the economics course is no different. Certain required skills such as research and writing skills are required across all topic areas. All three exam papers as well as the IA, require a specific knowledge of key command terms - discuss, evaluate, illustrate and analyse. Help on how you can teach these command terms can be found at: Internal assessment
Furthermore, within the economics syllabus, there are a number of syllabus areas which overlap. For example there are key parts of the microeconomics course within the macroeconomics component and there are both micro and macroeconomic concepts included in the sections on global economics. Encourage your students to make these links in their work. For example a question on international trade and the balance of trade can be enhanced by a discussion of the impact of price elasticity on current accounts. Similarly in the Development section, any response can be enhanced by a recognition that the relatively low level of PED / PES of primary products represents a barrier to development for many LEDCs.
There are also a number of opportunities to make links with the TOK course. One of the more obvious connections relates to the correlation between living standards and national income, as well as the universal question of what is knowledge? Which of the two schools of economics, Keynes v Free Market economics is the more correct? I have included ideas for potential links throughout the site.
Remember that as economics teachers we are also language teachers. You should teach writing skills throughout the course and do not expect your beginning IB students to arrive in your class fully polished. Your students will soon realise that the IB is a significant step up for many IB students and you will need to help prepare your students for this transition.
A good way to start to the course is with a mini-unit on different economies, available at: Unit 1.0: Introduction to economics. This is an ideal activity with which to start the course off and provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate both their presentation and research skills. This activity also involves students working in small teams. You can then work through the units sequentially using the step by step guide accessed at: Suggested pathways