Introduction and Objectives of the Course

Why history? By studying past lessons, students learn to understand their current identity and culture. However, in a globalized world, it is important to explore the historical events of different world regions to study history from an international perspective and to understand different cultures.

In this course, students are encouraged to think and work like historians. Students participate in the research, interpretation, and analysis of different sources. They develop their ability to evaluate different perspectives and views on historical events.

The aim of the standard-level History course (History SL) at IELEV is to increase students' curiosity. Our aim is;

  • Learning more about the past,
  • Encouraging students to work from different perspectives and to understand historical concepts, events, and developments,
  • Developing international awareness by studying the history of different world regions,
  • Understanding history as a discipline by recognizing the meanings of historical chronology, historical context, and different historical perspectives,
  • Developing historical skills such as analyzing different sources,
  • Reflecting the past to understand the past better.

Curriculum outline and content:

The following subjects are required in History (SL) as students will take a standardized examination from the IB DP at the end of the second year of the program:

Projected topic:

"Rights and Protests" focuses on struggles for rights and freedoms in the mid-20th century.

Case Study 1: Civil rights movement in the United States (1954-1965)
Case Study 2: Apartheid South Africa (1948-1964)

Two world history topics:

  • Authoritarian States (20th century)
  • Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)

Historical review (IA):

Students are required to conduct historical research on a topic they are interested in. The topic does not have to be related to the syllabus. The components of historical research are explained in the course. Each student prepares the research individually and is supervised and evaluated by the subject teacher.

Evaluation Information:

External Evaluation:

Paper 1: A resource-based paper (30%) on prescribed topics.
Paper 2: A compositional essay (45%) on world history topics.

Internal Evaluation:

Historical Research (IA): This component is evaluated internally by the history teacher and then externally supervised by the IB (25%).