IB Economics. The Similarities and Differences Between South Africa and Brazil. (Syllabus Section 4.1 – Similarities and Differences Between Developing Countries). I am spending the holiday in South Africa at the moment so thought that I would do a post on South Africa and Brazil. When I started studying economics all those years ago we used the terms ‘ the First World’, the ‘ Second World’ and the ‘ Third World’ – meaning the rich countries, the Soviet Bloc countries and the poor countries of the world. However, the phrase ‘ Third World’ implies that all the poor countries are … Continue reading Development Economics – South Africa Verses Brazil
IB Economics. These are the assessment rubrics for the economics coursework. If you have any doubts, refer to the syllabus. Coursework Assessment Criteria. Criteria Description Marks A Diagrams See Step Four 3 B Terminology Have you used the language and terminology of the subject throughout your commentary? Have you defined 3 or 4 specialist economics terms? 2 C Application See Step Four & Step Five 2 D Analysis See Step Five 3 E Evaluation See Step Five 4 F Rubric Requirements* Does each commentary does not exceed 750 words? Is each article is based on a different section of the … Continue reading Step Eight – Coursework Assessment Criteria
IB Economics. Are footnotes included in the word count? Yes. Are diagram labels, axes labels and diagram titles included in the word count?. No. But diagram descriptions / explanations are. Can I put line graphs, bar charts or pie charts in my commentary? No, not unless there is one already in the article. If there is one, just talk about it in the commentary, don’t reproduce it. Must you include a bibliography at the end? No. Only include footnotes at the bottom of each page which reference your sources. Bibliographies at the end are not needed. Can I use an … Continue reading Step Seven – Commentary FAQ’s
IB Economics. Prior to submitting your commentary, use this check list to make sure that you have done everything that you need to do to maximize your marks:- Commentary Check List. Check List Subject. Yes No Have I included a cover sheet? Have I included the article? Have I highlighted the relevant paragraphs (about five) in the article, if it is rather long? Does the cover sheet have all the information required e.g. your name, the word count, the date of the article, the source of the article etc.? Does my commentary … Continue reading Step Six – Final Checks
IB Economics. If you want top grades in your coursework, you need to be able to prove skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Commentaries that just describe or restate the information in the article, tend to get low marks. These skills are difficult to do and take time and practice to acquire. What is analysis? When you analyze something, you look at it in a lot of detail, you break it down into it’s component parts and try and make links or connections between the different parts. What is synthesis? A summary of the available information that you have – … Continue reading Step Five – Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation
IB Economics. Diagrams are essential to economics. When you draw a diagram to explain or illustrate an economics situation, you are demonstrating your ‘ application’ skills – applying the theory we learn in class to explain or illustrate an economic situation. If you want top marks for your coursework, your diagram have to be excellent. The following are a list of rules to follow:- 1) Diagrams should be large – around one-third of a page in size. 2) Always label the axes appropriately – eg “Price of Cars” , not just “Price” and “Quantity of Oil (Barrels per Year) ” … Continue reading Step Four – Including Diagrams.
IB Economics. The maximum word count for each commentary is 750 words. It is vitally important to write as close as possible up to this limit i.e. 749 words! In order to maximize your marks, you will have to do a lot of things – write an introduction and conclusion, draw one or two diagrams, explain and describe each one, define some economic terms and concepts that you are using, directly refer to the article etc. All of this takes up a lot of your word count! For this reason make sure you use as much of your word count … Continue reading Step Three – Writing Up Your Commentary
IB Economics. Your article sources must be news media sources, containing the latest news about an economics issue. Remember: you cannot use the same source for more than one commentary. Each source should be different for each commentary. I tell my students to use the following sources:- https://news.google.com/ Huge collection of current news stories from sources around the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/economy UK-based but with world-wide news stories http://allafrica.com/publishers.html List of news web sites from different African countries. Especially useful for Section 5 or for other commentaries where you want something about the “majority world” www.world-newspapers.com/ Links to news websites in English … Continue reading Step Two – Using Good Article Sources
IB Economics. One of the first mistakes students new to economics make is to choose an inappropriate article for their commentary. So the first thing that you need to do is to find a good one. I give my students this checklist to help them, when they are looking for articles:- Commentary Checklist When looking for commentary articles, you need to take the following into consideration:- Is the article a recent one? It must be no older than a year old from today’s date. (I am even stricter with regard to how recent the article should be – see the … Continue reading Step One – Finding a Good Article.