year12diplomaPrerequisites

Students who wish to study History should have demonstrated at least Level 5 in Year 10 MYP Humanities. Students should also have a sound level of competence in English language skills, and they should be prepared to read widely, be capable of thinking critically and question commonly held points of view.

 

Purpose of Course

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) history course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking, and on developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. In this way, the course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.

Aims

The aims of the history course at SL and HL are to:

  • develop an understanding of, and continuing interest in, the past
  • encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events and developments
  • promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world
  • develop an understanding of history as a discipline and to develop historical consciousness including
  • a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives
  • develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources
  • increase students’ understanding

Objectives

1. Knowledge and Understanding

2. Application and Interpretation

3. Synthesis and Evaluation

4. Use of Historical Skills

Internationalism

The DP history course is designed in such a way as to explicitly reinforce the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness. For example, one of the key concepts that weaves throughout the course is perspectives, and, more specifically, an emphasis on encouraging students to appreciate multiple perspectives. In addition, all students are required to study case studies and examples from different regions of the world, with comparison of such examples helping to ensure that the course adopts a transnational perspective. Teachers also have a great deal of freedom to choose relevant examples to explore with their students, helping to ensure that the course appropriately meets their students’ needs and interests regardless of their location or context.

Throughout the DP history course, students have the opportunity to explore historical events that have played a key role in shaping the world today, deepening their understanding of the complex and interconnected nature of past and present events. For example, students explore historical examples of many of the global challenges facing the world today, such as conflict, rights and governance. This helps to meet one of the central aims of the course—to increase students’ understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

Syllabus 

SL – The study of one prescribed subject from a choice of five

  • The study of two world history topics from a choice of twelve
  • A historical investigation

HL – The study of one prescribed subject from a choice of five

  • The study of two world history topics from a choice of twelve
  • The study of three sections from one HL regional option
  • A historical investigation

Assessment 

SL

  • Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects
  • Paper 2: An essay paper based on the world history topics
  • Internal assessment (IA): A historical investigation

HL

  • Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects
  • Paper 2: An essay paper based on the world history topics
  • Paper 3: An essay paper on one of the four HL regional options
  • Internal assessment (IA): A historical investigation

Possible syllabus components

Prescribed subjects

  • Military leaders
  • Conquest and its impact
  • The move to global war
  • Rights and protest
  • Conflict and intervention

World history topics

  • Society and economy (750–1400)
  • Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500)
  • Dynasties and rulers (750–1500)
  • Societies in transition (1400–1700)
  • Early Modern states (1450–1789)
  • Causes and effects of Early Modern wars (1500–1750)
  • Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750–2005)
  • Independence movements (1800–2000)
  • Evolution and development of democratic states (1848–2000)
  • Authoritarian states (20th century)
  • Causes and effects of 20th-century wars
  • The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)

HL options: Depth studies

  • History of Africa and the Middle East
  • History of the Americas
  • History of Asia and Oceania
  • History of Europe

Prerequisites

Students who wish to study History should have demonstrated at least Level 5 in Year 10 MYP Humanities.

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