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Group 3 - Individuals and Societies

IB History

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description and Aims

History is a dynamic, contested, evidence-based discipline that involves an exciting engagement with the past. It is a rigorous intellectual discipline, focused around key historical concepts such as change, causation and significance.

History is an exploratory subject that fosters a sense of inquiry. It is also an interpretive discipline, allowing opportunity for engagement with multiple perspectives and a plurality of opinions. Studying history develops an understanding of the past, which leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and of the world today.

The IB 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 emphasises 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.

The aims of the History course at Standard and Higher Levels 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 of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

 

Component Standard Level Higher Level
 

The Move to Global War
This prescribed subject focusses on military expansion from 1931 to 1941. Two case studies are prescribed from different regions of the world and both of these case studies must be studied.

  • Japanese Expansionism from 1931 to 1941.
  • German and Italian Expansionism from 1933 to 1940.

World History 

  • Authoritarian States (20th Century).
  • The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries.
European History (Higher Level option)
  • Imperial Russia, Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union.
  • European States in the Inter-War Years 1918-1939.
  • The Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia (1924-2000).
 
Historical Investigation

Assessment at a Glance — Standard Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
(hours)
Weighting
Final Grade (%)
External   2.5 75
Paper 1  The Move to Global War. 1 30
Paper 2

World History:

  • Authoritarian States (20th Century).
  • The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries.
1.5 45
Internal     25
Historical Investigation Students are required to complete a historical investigation into a topic of their choice.​   25

Assessment at a Glance — Higher Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
(hours)
Weighting
Final Grade (%)
External   5 80
Paper 1  The Move to Global War. 1 20
Paper 2

World History: 

  • Authoritarian States (20th Century).
  • The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries.
1.5 25
Paper 3

European History:

  • Imperial Russia, Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union.
  • European States in the Inter-War Years 1918-1939.
  • The Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia (1924-2000).
2.5 35
Internal     20
Historical Investigation Students are required to complete a historical investigation into a topic of their choice.   20