The IB Career-related Program (IBCP) with a Business and Sustainability (B&S) vocational component, is designed for students pursuing career-related education during the last two years of their high school.
This study program is relevant for all students who are interested in responsible management applicable in different fields.
Indeed, sustainability is becoming increasingly important within all kinds of organizations, and in societies at large.
The Business and Sustainability Career-related study (Business & Sustainability) aims to provide students with the foundational knowledge on managing sustainability and helps them develop their competencies in becoming responsible leaders.
The Business & Sustainability study plan prepares students both professionally and academically by stimulating their critical thinking and creativity.
The complete Business & Sustainability study plan consists of 240 guided learning hours in class (that is equivalent to High Level subjects within IB program) and 150 hours applied learning experience (that is equivalent to Standard Level subjects within IB program).
Alongside the Business & Sustainability courses the students participate in both a motivational week and a four weeks integrative project delivered by SUMAS.
By the end of their study program the students will gain a deep understanding of management of sustainability within the organizations and also how various functional areas can contribute to create value for both business and society. More specifically, by the end of their career-related study program the students will be able to:
The Fundamentals of Sustainability and prepare them for the advanced courses. The individual, company and societal perspectives are explored and issues concerning energy, climate and water are covered in more detail to help students reach a deeper understanding. Ethics, policy, culture, population as well as economic and social implications lay the foundations for a broader understanding.
The topics covered in the course are centered around:
History of sustainability development
Understanding and measuring sustainability
Purpose of countries / examples of food-transportation-energy system
Gross National Happiness, and the Bhutan Case
This course will introduce how innovations with deep concern about the recourses, water, energy, human conditions as well as the challenges in terms of economy can enable finding solutions for wellbeing of both the society and business.
The course integrates real cases in material/product innovation and introduces the Cradle to Cradle ® principals and eco design. The individual, company and societal perspectives are explored. Energy, climate and water are covered in more detail, to help students develop a rich understanding. The topics covered in the course include:
The purpose of this course is to introduce the concepts, styles and practices of leadership aimed at leading, influencing and motivating team members in the workplace. It will explore how leadership can directly and indirectly influence human behavior and organizational efficiency in uncertain environments. Students will be encouraged to develop and improve a range of leadership competencies and methodologies through reviewing and analyzing the foremost leadership theories and apply them in real-world situations. The topics include the following:
During the study program the students will develop a project divided in two parts for a total of 4 weeks. The students need to apply their theoretical and practical knowledge working on a concrete project in the field of nature conservation.
The four weeks’ concrete project experience in the field allows the students to apply the knowledge and competencies that are developed during the study plan. While working on the project in the field, the students have the opportunity to examine the issues involved, identify various stakeholders and seek to find solutions to complex problems.
The first part of the Integrative Project work experience offers the opportunity to explore fundamental values for the preservation of biological diversity and to discuss nature conservation theory and related problems both orally and in writing. It focuses on the physical and human drivers of environmental changes, like biodiversity loss, freshwater depletion and climate change.
The integrative project work experience also includes guided visits to local protected areas, such as the world renowned Ramsar sites.
The second part of the Integrative Project work experience offers the opportunity to explore and discuss effective communication of conservation issues, develop critical thinking and creativity. Students learn how to engage with the public through storytelling. It also focuses on how to use various social media channels effectively and how to write a blog on conservation issues.
SUMAS is a unique business school located between Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland that offers innovative business programs integrated with state of the art sustainability knowledge. SUMAS combines high level academic education with real life projects in partnership with top companies.
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