Exam Question Bank: Paper 2 Human Relationships

Travis Dixon Assessment (IB), Human Relationships, Revision and Exam Preparation 10 Comments

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Disclaimer: These questions are not IB “official” questions and are written with our best guess as to what the probable exam questions may look like. Not every possible question is covered but rather a wide sample of questions has been asked so you can get an idea of the types of questions that may appear.

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Human Relationships

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The exam questions will be based on the topic and content headings as shown above (This table is taken from our revision guide, available here). There will be one question per topic.

Exam Questions

TOPIC Content Essay Questions

Personal Relationships

  • Evaluate one or more studies relevant to the study of personal relationships.
Formation of personal relationships
  • Discuss the formation of personal relationships.
  • Discuss one or more factors that may affect the formation of personal relationships.
  • Evaluate one explanation for the formation of personal relationships.
  • Evaluate one or more studies related to personal relationships.
Role of communication
  • Discuss the role of communication in personal relationships.
  • Discuss  one or more studies and/or theories related to the role of communication in personal relationships.
Explanations for why relationships change or end
  • Evaluate one or more explanations for why relationships change or end.
   

Group Dynamics

 

 

  • Evaluate one or more studies related to group dynamics.
  • Discuss group dynamics.
Co-operation and competition
  • Discuss the role of co-operation and/or competition in group dynamics.
  • Evaluate one study or theory related to co-operation and/or competition.
Prejudice and discrimination
  • Discuss prejudice and discrimination.
  • Evaluate research related to prejudice and/or discrimination.
Origins of conflict and conflict resolution
  • Discuss one or more origins of conflict and/or conflict resolution.
  • Evaluate research (one or more studies) related to origins of conflict and/or conflict resolution.
   

Social Responsibility

  • Discuss one or more factors influencing social responsibility.
  • Evaluate one or more studies or theories related to social responsibility.
Bystanderism
  • Discuss one or more explanations of bystanderism.
  • Evaluate one or more studies or theories related to bystanderism.
Prosocial behaviour
  • Discuss one or more factors influencing prosocial behaviour.
  • Evaluate one or more studies or theories related to prosocial behaviour.
Promoting prosocial behaviour
  • Evaluate one method for promoting prosocial behaviour.
  • Evaluate one or more studies or theories related to promoting prosocial behaviour.

Approaches (Bio, Cog & Socio-cult)

If questions about the three core approaches are asked they will be based on the three “topics” for the human relationships option (personal relationships, group dynamics and social responsibility).

Personal Relationships

  • Discuss the biological or cognitive approach to understanding personal relationships.
  • Discuss the sociocultural approach to understanding personal relationships.
  • Contrast the biological and cognitive approaches to understanding personal relationships.

Group Dynamics

  • Discuss the sociocultural and/or cognitive approach to understanding group dynamics
  • Evaluate the sociocultural approach to understanding group dynamics.

Social Responsibility

  • Discuss the biological approach to understanding social responsibility.
  • Evaluate the biological or cognitive approach to the study of social responsibility.
  • Discuss the sociocultural approach to understanding social responsibility.

Research Methods & Ethical Considerations

Questions about research methods and ethics will be based on the three “topics” for the human relationships option (personal relationships, group dynamics and social responsibility).

Research Methods

Essay Questions

  • Evaluate the use of one research method used to study personal relationships.
  • Evaluate one or more research methods used to study social responsibility.
  • Evaluate one research method used to study group dynamics.
  • Discuss how and why one research method is used to study group dynamics.
  • Discuss the use of one research method used to study personal relationships.
  • Evaluate one approach to the research of social responsibility.
  • Discuss one or more approaches to research (i.e. research method/s) used in the study of personal relationships.

*the phrase “approaches to research” is used in the official IB Psychology guide and it means “research methods” (e.g. true experiments, correlational studies, etc.) Students should be prepared for this phrasing, but hopefully the IB exam team will use the phrase “research methods” so as not to get confused with the three approaches (bio, cog & socio-cult). 

Ethical Considerations

Essay Questions

  • Discuss one or more ethical considerations related to research on personal relationships.
  • Discuss one ethical considerations related to research on group dynamics.
  • Discuss one ethical considerations related to research on social responsibility.

Notes

  • Paper Two is essay questions only.
  • SL students write one essay for one option, HL students write two essays on two options.
  • Like all options, there are three topics in the human relationships option and there will definitely be one question per topic, which means you can safely study only one topic per option. HOWEVER, if you’re doing this then you need to be prepared to answer any possible question on that topic, including the three approaches, research methods and ethical considerations in relation to that topic.

 

Noticed a mistake? Always feel free to let me know in the comments.

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  1. I had a question. When it comes to a question such as “Discuss the sociocultural and/or cognitive approach to understanding group dynamics” how would we have to structure the essay and what some of the content be?

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      You would need to explain the sociocultural and/or cognitive factors that can influence (or explain) group dynamics. E.g. cultural dimensions (i.e. differences in cultural values) might explain why some cultures have more prosocial behaviour than others (sociocultural), or out-group homogeneity effect (cognition) might explain stereotypes and prejudice.

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      It says it in the official IB Psychology Guide: “Each option is divided into three topics. For each option, there will be three essay titles to choose from, one for each topic in the option.” (Pg 43)

  2. Hi, I wanted to clarify the question under Personal Relationships: “Discuss how one or more sociocultural factors may influence diagnosis.” – where is the diagnosis exactly? Is there something I have misunderstood?

    1. Hey Shinozaki,

      Good question – that was a copy and paste fail (I must have copied the template from Abnormal Psych’ questions). I’ve deleted the question – thanks for pointing out the error.
      Cheers,
      Travis.

  3. Hi Travis,

    Just want you to confirm, so under the Personal Relationships, the students can be specifically asked about one approach (e.g. Biological)? The questions are not always broad, where the students can choose which approach to answer with?

    1. Hi Lilly T,

      Yes that’s correct – there may be a specific approach in the question. e.g. “Discuss the sociocultural approach to understanding personal relationships.”

      1. Thanks for the quick reply Travis!

        One more question, can the students get asked specifically about ‘communication’ in Personal Relationships, or will it just be phrased as e.g. ‘Discuss the sociocultural appraoch to understanding personal relationships”, and the students pick whether they want to discuss e.g. communication or how relationships change / end?

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          Any question that uses an approach (bio, cog, soc-cult) will be linked to the TOPIC not the CONTENT (sorry for yelling but no italics options for comments). So there would NOT be a question about the sociocultural approach to understanding communication.

          So you’re right – the students pick which aspect of personal relationships to focus on.

          I think a question like “Discuss the role of communication in personal relationships” is possible just because the content point is only “Role of communication” and that’s it – something has to be added to that in order for any question to make sense (e.g. a question like “Discuss the role of communication” wouldn’t make much sense , not to me at least). But they would NOT ask “Discuss a sociocultural approach to understanding the role of communication in personal relationships, or a sociocultural explanation for why relationships change or end.

          Hope this helps.

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