Contrary to the conventional view of history, the study of history is far more than the memorisation of names and dates from the past. It is an exploratory subject that encourages a sense of inquiry and interpretation of different perspectives. A key element of the study of history is the realisation that truth is subjective and relative, it depends largely on contextual perspective and therefore fosters critical thinking and analysis. Historians and students of history alike critically question the historical truths that influence us today. The discipline is not fixed but constantly evolving and changing with the times – as can be seen from recent debates as regards controversial statues and their place in our society. History isn’t simply the past – it’s what we make of it.
History is a facilitating subject that allows students to develop skills applicable to a wide range of academic disciplines and career options in the future. Universities and employers value History very highly. Students who hope to pursue a degree in Law, Politics, International Relations, Education, or Journalism would be strongly advised to take History as one of their IB subjects. It is not essential for students to have completed IGCSE History to gain access to the IB History course.
Paper 1 – Source based (30% SL / 20% HL) Rights and Protest
Case study 1: Civil rights movement in the United States (1954–1965)
Case study 2: Apartheid South Africa (1948–1964)
Paper 2 – Essay based (45% SL / 25% HL) World History (20th Century)
Topic 1: Authoritarian States
Topic 2: The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries
Paper 3 – Essay based (35% HL) History of the Americas
Topic 1: United States’ Civil War: Causes, course and effects (1840–1877)
Topic 2: The Great Depression and the Americas (mid 1920s–1939)
Topic 3: The Cold War and the Americas (1945–1981)
Internal Assessment – 25% SL / 20% HL. Historical Investigation
Topic of choice. Internally assessed and externally moderated