Doing my EE on a subject I don't take - bad idea?

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    I am currently in my 1st year of IB and we have now started to think about what subjects - and even topics - we want to focus on. I do Chemistry and Biology HL (and Economics) but I've found that I do not have enough interest/passion to write an EE on one of these subjects (and quite frankly I don't like the idea of having to do an experiment either). So after much contemplation, I realized that I actually have a strong interest in History/Politics. This comes across as slightly strange as I've actually never taken History as a subject before (hence I have no 'proper' school education of the subject) but starting from around the start of this year (yes I know it's rather late) I have started reading around the subject and keeping up with current affairs etc... and I feel like I actually enjoy learning more about it. Anyway, that brings me to my main question: Is it a bad idea to write an EE on a subject I don't take (specifically given my circumstance)? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in If I do decide to do so?

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    (Original post by asd.987)
    I am currently in my 1st year of IB and we have now started to think about what subjects - and even topics - we want to focus on. I do Chemistry and Biology HL (and Economics) but I've found that I do not have enough interest/passion to write an EE on one of these subjects (and quite frankly I don't like the idea of having to do an experiment either). So after much contemplation, I realized that I actually have a strong interest in History/Politics. This comes across as slightly strange as I've actually never taken History as a subject before (hence I have no 'proper' school education of the subject) but starting from around the start of this year (yes I know it's rather late) I have started reading around the subject and keeping up with current affairs etc... and I feel like I actually enjoy learning more about it. Anyway, that brings me to my main question: Is it a bad idea to write an EE on a subject I don't take (specifically given my circumstance)? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in If I do decide to do so?

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    - A very stressed out fellow IB student

    It isn't unheard of to do an EE on a subject that you don't take. I wouldn't if I were you; I'm currently in IB year 2 so I've finished EE thank god haha I did it in bio, which I take HL. I would say that this makes it easier just because you have contact with the teacher more regularly and obviously I have a better understanding of the topic. Despite that, at the end of the day, if you have a strong passion for History or politics and you're willing to go out of your way to meet with a teacher and do extra research... go for it. I will warn you though that by the end you'll be tired of any topic so it may just be easier to do it one of your HL classes.. but completely your choice and just depends on your motivation.

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    (Original post by asd.987)
    I am currently in my 1st year of IB and we have now started to think about what subjects - and even topics - we want to focus on. I do Chemistry and Biology HL (and Economics) but I've found that I do not have enough interest/passion to write an EE on one of these subjects (and quite frankly I don't like the idea of having to do an experiment either). So after much contemplation, I realized that I actually have a strong interest in History/Politics. This comes across as slightly strange as I've actually never taken History as a subject before (hence I have no 'proper' school education of the subject) but starting from around the start of this year (yes I know it's rather late) I have started reading around the subject and keeping up with current affairs etc... and I feel like I actually enjoy learning more about it. Anyway, that brings me to my main question: Is it a bad idea to write an EE on a subject I don't take (specifically given my circumstance)? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in If I do decide to do so?

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    - A very stressed out fellow IB student
    I agree with what the above poster said. Im also a 2nd year diploma student that already handed in my EE (on history). I do take history HL, for your information. It's really a bad idea to do an EE on a subject you don't take, think about it, the subjects you have chosen should be the one you are interested in, so it does make sense to do an EE on one of the subjects you are taking (best if HL). If your school didn't offer history hl, and that was the reason why you took other subjects instead, it's still not a good idea to do a history EE because there would not be any teachers that are specialised knowledge. Knowing about current affairs won't actually help you much imo. it opens your perspective, but does not really have anything to do with a History EE (historical event = 10 years +).. Not to say that History is one of the harder subjects to do an EE on. I would say it's definitely not a good idea if you're not taking History HL.. hope it helps
 
 
 
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