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Individuals and Society (World History)


Course description and aims:

Why history? By studying the past students learn to understand the present, their identity and their culture. In a globalised world, however, it is important to study history from an international perspective and to inquire historical events of different world regions to understand different cultures.
In this course students are encouraged to think and work like historians. Students are involved in research, interpretation and analysis of different sources. So they develop the skills to evaluate different perspectives and opinions on historical events.
The aims of the History course at standard level (history SL) in IELEV are
• to foster students’ curiosity to learn more about the past
• to encourage students to work with different perspectives and to understand historical concepts, events and developments
• to develop international-mindedness by studying history of different world regions
• to understand history as a discipline by recognizing the meaning of historical chronology, historical context and different historical perspectives
•  to develop historical skills like analysing different sources
•  to reflect on the past to gain a better understanding of the present.

Syllabus outline and content:
Students will take a standardised exam from IB DP at the end of the second year of the programme. The following topics are compulsory in History (SL):

Prescribed subject: "The move to global war" focuses on military expansion from 1931 to 1941.
Case study 1: Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941)
Case study 2: German and Italian expansion (1933 - 1940)

Two world history topics:
- Causes and effects of 20th-century wars
- The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)

Historical investigation: Students have to complete a historical investigation on a topic they are interested in. The topic doesn't have to be related to the syllabus. The components of the historical investigations are explained in the course. Each student prepares the research individually and is supervised and assessed by the subject teacher.

Assessment Information:
External Assessment:

Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects (30 %).
Paper 2: An essay based on the World history topics (45 %).
Sample Question: ‘’Examine the impact of US policy of containment on superpower
relations1947 – 1964’’.

Internal Assessment:

A historical investigation: Students complete a historical investigation on a topic of their
own choice (25 %).
Example: ‘’To what extent did Hitler create a totalitarian system of government?’’

Sources: IB History Subject Guide, IB History Teachers’ Handbook
Teacher Contact: Silvia Öğütoğlu ([email protected])