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IB Group 3
Individuals and Societies
History

The IB History course is designed to enable students to:

  • Understand the historical concepts of change and continuity, cause and effect, and be able to use them in their interpretation of current affairs
  • Understand the significance of certain twentieth century events and ideologies in their global dimension
  • Understand the nature of history as a discipline through the study of different sources, visual and written
  • Develop an awareness of different interpretations of the past
  • Respond to historical issues with empathy and critical analysis
  • Promote a lifelong interest in the study of history

Areas of Study

Standard Level and Higher Level

World History Topics

A selection of materials is studied from the following topics:

  • Authoritarian States
  • States studied could include Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Castro.
  • The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries.

Document Analysis of a Prescribed Subject

Rights and Protests: USA and South Africa

Higher Level

Regional Study: Oceania

Students engage in an additional study.

In this unit we will be looking at British Colonialism and Emerging Identities in Oceania 1788-1919 and the Development of Oceania Post WWII.

Assessment

Assessment is part of the regular teaching and learning programme. General assessment monitors of the student’s performance are made on a selection of assessment tasks chosen from the following:

  • Analytical exercises, including visual evidence
  • Essays (time and research)
  • Oral presentations
  • Research assignments
  • Tests
  • Film reviews
  • Short reports
  • Short answer exercises
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Biographical studies

IB Final Assessment

Standard Level

External Assessment:

  • Paper 1: Document Analysis of a Prescribed Subject – 30%
  • Paper 2: World History Topics – 45%

Internal Assessment:

  • An in-depth study on any historical subject – 25%

Higher Level

External Assessment:

  • Paper 1: Document Analysis of a Prescribed Subject – 20%
  • Paper 2: World History Topics – 25%
  • Paper 3: Regional Study – 35%

Internal Assessment:

An in-depth study on any historical subject – 20%

Group 3 – History