IB Student Reflection

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As an IB student, it is very important to recognize that the study program is indeed an international program that involves schools all around the world. Therefore, IB is present in a variety of different cultures and countries. As a student in the IB program, I’ve noticed that a lot of study is focused centrally on literature. Whether it’s in an English class setting or in a history class, there are multiple occasions where books, popular novels, and poetry are studied. Also, many of these can be world literature pieces or examples of literature popular in the American society. Also, many students choose to take science classes as part of the International Baccalaureate program and have the opportunity to learn different fundamentals that are helping them gain more scientifical knowledge. However, the question that results from this is how a student can take the knowledge that they have acquired in their IB classes and apply it to their understandings of individuals and societies, including their own and ones different from theirs. Literature is defined as “a term used to describe written or spoken material” (Classic Literature). This can be anything from a form of creative writing to a writing based on scientifical or historical discoveries. Most commonly, though, literature mainly refers to forms of writings such as nonfiction or fiction novels, dramas, or poetry. According to Albrecht, “Literature is interpreted as reflecting norms and values, as revealing the ethos of culture, the processes of class struggle, and certain types of social “facts”.” (Albrecht 425). Literature can help form a better understanding of a society or the people that live within it. However, it can also form certain standards of the s... ... middle of paper ... ...e are countless examples, through the study of psychology and other world literature pieces, I have a better understanding of the individuals and society in my own culture as well as a minor understanding of the same factors in other parts of the world. Works Cited 1. Albrecht, Milton C. "The Relationship of Literature and Society." JStor. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . 2. Lombardi, Esther. "Literature." Books & Literature Classics. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. . 3. "Social Science." Merriam-Webster. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . 4. "Psychology - What Is Psychology." Psychology - Complete Guide to Psychology for Students, Educators & Enthusiasts. Web. 15 Dec. 2011. .

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