SISHK Economics Department

Economics is a dynamic social science that deals with the issues of scarcity, resource allocation and choices. In SISHK, we offer both IGCSE Economics (starting in AY1819) and IBDP Economics.

IGCSE Economics

The Cambridge IGCSE Economics syllabus develops an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles. Learners study the economics of different countries and how these interrelate. They also learn to work with simple economics data and to use the tools of economic analysis. Learners apply understanding of economics to current economic issues.

For more details about the IGCSE Economics syllabus, please refer to this document.

IBDP Economics

The aims of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Economics Higher level (HL) and the Economics Standard level (SL) courses are to enable students

    • To develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and concepts and their real-world application
    • To appreciate the impact of economic interactions between nations on individuals and societies
    • To develop an awareness of development issues facing nations.

Both courses emphasize microeconomic theories, which explore the economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets; as well as macroeconomic theories that introduce economic variables that affect countries, governments and societies.

For both HL and SL syllabus, students are required to study four topics:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Development Economics

Note: Within the above topics, some sub-topics within are reserved solely for higher level

The first two topics are taught in DP Year 1 and the next two topics are taught in DP Year 2.

These sections are assessed by two examinations at SL and three examinations at HL In addition to the examinations, both HL and SL economics students must produce a portfolio of three commentaries based on articles from published news media (internal assessment). For more details about the IB Economics programme, please refer to this document [Syllabus (for students)].


Economics Course at SIS(HK)

At SIS(HK), we adopt a student-centered approach to the teaching and learning of Economics. During the course, students have ample opportunities to work in teams to discuss pertinent economic concepts and issues, to participate in class discussions and debates, to carry out research work and to present their ideas in class.

Through this course, students will learn how to apply key economic concepts to real-world scenarios, acquire research and presentation skills, develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the global economic issues, improve their critical thinking skills and hone their presentation techniques.

The curriculum objectives will be assessed through both formative and summative assessment modes - students’ written work, assignments, quizzes, tests and examinations.

In addition to the formal curriculum programme, students also participate in learning journeys (e.g. visit to Hong Kong Monetary Authority) and enrichment programmes (e.g. Financial Management workshop).


Assessment Weightage

Year Semester 1
Semester 2 (CA2)
End of Year
S3 20% 20% 60%


Year Semester 1
Semester 2 (CA2) End of Year
DP1 15% 15% 70%


Year Semester 1
(Mid-Year grade)
Mock Examinations
DP2 0% 100%


Economics Teachers

Name Classes
(AY 2018/2019)

Mrs. Vanessa Cheng
Deputy Diploma Programme Coordinator
HOD/Economics and ICT

Economics Teacher


Ms. Ekta Choudhary
DP Year Head
Extended Essay Coordinator
Economics Teacher

S3 (Group 3)

Ms. Carol Chan
Economics Teacher

Mr. Matthias Ratz
Economics Teacher
S3 (Group 1 & 2)