Unit planning: Sociocultural

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Secondly, this section replaces "teacher notes."  For the different components of the curriculum, you will find lesson plans, with links to activities on the site that you may find helpful for students to develop an understanding of key concepts as well as critical thinking skills.

Unit plan: Sociocultural approach

Below you will find a unit planner for the sociocultural approach. The goal of this unit is to address the content of the sociocultural approach and to take a deeper look at observational research, in...

LP 1: Introduction to approaches

In this lesson, the goal is to have students start thinking about the different approaches to studying and explaining human behaviour. In addition, it is a chance to look at a classic study in psychology...

LP 2: Introducing SAQs

This lesson plan is to help students understand that there are other research methods besides experiments. It is based on the reading about Festinger's Doomsday study. The goal of the lesson is to learn...

LP 3: Conformity research

This lesson continues with the two threads of this unit so far - the writing of an SAQ and the use of research methods in the sociocultural approach. The goal is to lay a foundation in the observational...

LP 4: Social Identity Theory

This lesson plan focuses on Social Identity Theory. Students should read the section of the textbook - Social Identity Theory - in order to be prepared for this lesson. Students should be able to explain...

LP 5: Social Cognitive Theory

This lesson plan addresses the content objective: Social Cognitive Theory. The focus is on the key study by Bandura, Ross and Ross (1961) and sets the students up for a debate on the danger of video games...

LP 6: Stereotyping

This lesson plan is for the content area: Stereotypes. Because of the way that it is worded in the guide, the examiners cannot specify whether students must write about origins of stereotypes, effects...

LP 7: Cultural dimensions

This lesson plan is for the content area: Cultural dimensions. The IB only requires that students learn about one cultural dimension, but I use this lesson plan to get students to think about different...

LP 8: Enculturation

This lesson plan is for the content area: Enculturation. The guide gives us very little information about how we should approach this topic. The questions that may be asked are rather limited: Discuss...

LP 9: Acculturation

This lesson plan is for the content area: Acculturation. The learning topic is quite broad. I decided to focus on acculturative stress in examining this topic. This lesson is a lot about the difficulties...

LP 10: Globalization (HL only)

This lesson plan is for the HL content area: Globalization. In looking at this topic, I have focused on mental health. I will be teaching abnormal later in the course, so it is a good introduction.

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