Aims
  • Encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection of the past 
  • Promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  • Foster international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world 
  • Develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources 
  • Increase students’ understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past

 

Syllabus and Assessment

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

 

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