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  • IB History is more than the study of the past, it is the processof recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources
  • It gives people an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present
  • The course promotes an understanding of history as a discipline including the nature and diversity of sources, methods and interpretations
  • Studens understand historical developments at national, regional and international levels and learn about their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures
  • 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-mindeness 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

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

Prescribed subjects: 20th century world history
Authoritarian states (20th century)
Causes and effects of early modern wars (1500-1750)
Causes and effects of medieval wars (750-1500)
Causes and effects of 20th-century wars
The cold war: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)
Dynasties and rulers (750-1500)
Early modern states (1450-1789)
Evolution and development of democratic states (1848-2000)
Independence movements (1800-2000)
Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750-2005)
Society and economy (750-1400)
Societies in transition (1400-1789)

Higher Level options 
Aspects of the history of Africa
Aspects of the history of the Americas
Aspects of the history of Asia and Oceania
Aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East


    New internal assessment – Beginning September 2015 IA will cover three sections:

    • Identification and evaluation of sources
    • Investigation
    • Reflection

    New syllabus organization
    ​Teaching routes are removed, students now choose:

    • ​1 prescribed subject out of a choice of 5
    • 2 world history topics out of a choice of 12
    • HL learners may choose 3 sections of one HL regional option

    Approaches to teaching and learning

    Concept-based learning – shift to integrate these key concepts: causation, change, continuity, consequence, perspective, and significance


    Paper 1

    Source-based paper – Choose one prescribed subject from a choice of five and answer founr structured questions

    Paper 2
    Essay paper based on the 12 world history topics. Answer two essay questions on two different topics

    Paper 3
    Separate papers for each of the four regional options. For the selected region, answer three essay questions

    Historical Investigation
    Complete a historical investigation on a topic of their choice

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