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The World Studies Extended Essay (WSEE)
Examples of potential topics include:
|Global health crisis
||Global health problems
|Disaster relief and rehabilitation
||Civil protest and unrest
||Global financial crisis
||Infringements on human rights
||Discrimination and persecution
The perspective of just one subject may not be adequate to address complex issues like these. The WSEE will require you to bring together aspects of different disciplines to examine your chosen topic.
The IB recommends that you use two IB Diploma Programme subjects, one of which you must be studying.
You're not expected to address the topic in its full complexity, but you should aim to generate understandings that are new to you.
It would be very easy for you to rely on common-sense understanding of a global issue or more informal insights. However, the academic nature of the EE requires you to understand a global issue through disciplinary lenses.
In a WSEE, you focus on just one or two contexts in some depth, for example:
- An examination of two geographical case studies exploring whether religious beliefs affect attitudes towards HIV/AIDS in Oslo and Mombasa.
- An examination of one or two events evaluating relief efforts after natural disasters, with suggestions of ways to make these more responsive.
- An examination of one or two interventions investigating what determines the success or failure of sanctions imposed by the United Nations.
You can refer to other places and events beyond the primary context(s) when relevant to the argument. This can demonstrate global consciousness in your writing. However, a really detailed study of these additional cases would not be possible given the 4,000-word limit.
Extended Essay Coordinator
WSEE Subject Guide and worksheets
RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space)
RPPF (Researcher's Planning and Progress Form) examples:
IB Extended Essay Guide & Timeline
Check the Extended Essay guide for specific guidance on completing the various steps in the research and writing process of the EE, and these documents:
Extended Essay Timeline, Class of 2021 (Fall, 2020: Mods A, B, and C)
Deadlines in Fall, 2020, for turning in various components of the Extended Essay, for IB Diploma Candidates and IB Course Students in the Class of 2021.
Extended Essay Readings and Assignments, Class of 2021 - Fall Semester, 2019
Juniors in 6th Period Advanced Music and Study Hall will go to the Conference Room for five sessions of Research Seminar with Susan Trower. Students should bring their laptops and copies of Oxford IB Diploma Programme: Extended Essay Course Companion to all Research Seminar classes.
Presentation requirements of the extended essay
Information on formatting the extended essay, covering: word counts (what is included and what is NOT included), illustrations, tables, footnotes and endnotes, appendices and specimen materials. Covers essays submitted in November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
Required elements of the extended essay
List and description of the six required elements of the final extended essay work that is to be submitted for extended essays for November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
How to Format the Extended Essay
Tips from the IB on presenting your Extended Essay in a professional manner, with suggestions on font type and size, citations, and referencing. Includes examples showing how choices on font size and type can change the mood and tone of the text being presented.