ITGS is an IB Diploma subject that examines the impact of IT on a global society. It is a multidisciplinary course that draws from a number of social science subjects including sociology, business, economics, philosophy and IT. For more details, check out the video below, produced by former ITGS student Shawn Lam.

Course overview

Students of group 3 subjects study individuals and societies. This means that they explore the interactions between humans and their environment in time and place. As a result, these subjects are often known collectively as the human sciences or social sciences.

The IB Diploma Programme information technology in a global society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.

Although ITGS shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, it also considers social and ethical considerations that are common to other subjects in group 3. Students come into contact with IT on a daily basis because it is so pervasive in the world in which we live. This increasingly widespread use of IT inevitably raises important questions with regard to the social and ethical considerations that shape our society today. ITGS offers an opportunity for a systematic study of these considerations, whose range is such that they fall outside the scope of any other single discipline.

From the ITGS Subject Guide, © IBO 2016.

Course content


Core content

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Multimedia
  • Models & Simulations
  • Databases


  • Politics & Government
  • Business & Employment
  • Home & Leisure
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education


  • IT Systems in Organisations
  • AI & Robotics


SL students sit two exams, HL students sit three exams. All students create an Internal Assessment project where they construct an IT solution to a real-world problem for a client.


TES students achieve some of the best ITGS results in the world, with an average of 45% of students in the last two years achieving a grade 6 or 7. Mr Greenwood is an examiner and workshop leader for ITGS, and is involved in the development of the new course, Digital Society, which will replace ITGS in 2021. If you have any questions about ITGS, whether it’s the right fit for you, or want to know more about what the course entails, get in touch with Mr Greenwood.