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IBCP Reflective Project

IBCP Reflective Project

"The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the CP. Through a reflective project students identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies.


The reflective project is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity."


The reflective project consists of a written essay with a maximum of 3,000 words.

Reflective Project Guide


"The reflective project aims to give students the opportunity to:

  • produce an extended piece of work

  • engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection on a specific ethical dilemma

  • present a structured and coherent argument

  • engage with local and/or global communities

  • develop research and communication skills

  • develop the skills of critical and creative thinking."

“The CP Core.” International Baccalaureate®,

Questions to Inspire a Successful Reflective Project


  • How will you ensure you spend enough time on each aspect of the project?

  • What environments and working conditions do you work best in? 

  • What's your most comfortable and successful writing style? 


  • What is it that I do not know about others? 

  • What are some different cultural contexts to consider? 


  • What's my most comfortable and successful voice? 

  • How should my voice be modified or amplified to be more in alignment with the situation? 


  • What are your strengths and preferred modes of inquiry? 


  • What are some ethical situations you have observed at work, in an internship, or through your career studies? 

  • What are some ways that ethical codes and standards can be reviewed and improved in the workplace? 

  • Is there an ethical dilemma that you find particularly concerning? 

  • What are the similarities and differences between personal ethics and professional ethics? 

Questions from the Hillcrest World School Reflective Project website.

 “Reflective Project.” Hillcrest World School,


Before writing your paper:

  • Choose an ethical dilemma that is related to your CRS.
  • Plan how, when, and where you will find resources for your project.
  • Create an annotated bibliography.
  • Make sure your sources are balanced so you can give equal time to all perspectives.

During writing your paper:

  • Start work early and adhere to deadlines.
  • Keep track of which sources you are using as you write your paper. You MUST cite within your paper when you write about anything you learned from a source.
  • Be sure to keep your paper balanced and unbiased. The reader should not know your opinion on the ethical dilemma until the end of the paper.

After writing your paper:

  • Check and proofread your final version carefully.
  • Try reading it out loud to yourself to hear if anything sounds awkward.
  • Make sure anything you wrote in your paper that you didn’t already know before this project has an in-text citation that refers to a source on your Works Cited page.