Why write a WSEE? It allows you to conduct an in-depth, interdisciplinary investigation into an issue of contemporary global importance that you care about.
The World Studies Extended Essay (WSEE) has to meet all the presentation requirements of the IB Extended Essay, including having a maximum length of 4,000 words.
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:
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.
WSEE Subject Guide and worksheets
RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space)
RPPF (Researcher's Planning and Progress Form) examples: