History Overview

Course outline

Distinction between SL & HL

 SLHl
Syllabus
  • The study of one prescribed subject from a choice of five
  • The study of two world history topics from a choice of twelve
  • A historical investigation
  • The study of one prescribed
    subject from a choice of five
  • The study of two world history topics from a choice of twelve
  • The study of three sections from one HL regional option
  • A historical investigation
Assessment
  • Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects
  • Paper 2: An essay paper based on the world history topics
  • Internal assessment (IA): A historical investigation
  • Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects
  • Paper 2: An essay paper based on the world history topics
  • Paper 3: An essay paper on one of the four HL regional options
  • Internal assessment (IA): A historical investigation

Syllabus outline

Section of course

Topics that can be chosen

HL/SL

Prescribed subjects

(one to be studied)

1. Military leaders
2. Conquest and its impact
3. The move to global war
4. Rights and protest
5. Conflict and intervention

SL and HL
World history topics (two to be studied)

1. Society and economy (750-1400)
2. Causes and effects of wars (750-1500)
3. Dynasties and rulers (750-1500)
4. Societies in transition (1400-1700)
5. Early Modern states (1450-1789)
6. Causes and effects of Early Modern wars (1500-1750)
7. Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750-2005)
8. Independence movements (1800-2000)
9. Emergence and development of democratic states (1848-2000)
10. Authoritarian states (20th century)
11. Causes and effects of 20th-century wars
12. The Cold War: superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)

SL and HL
HL options: Depth studies (one to be studied)  1. History of Africa and the Middle East
2. History of the Americas
3. History of Asia and Oceania
4. History of Europe
HL only
Internal assessmentHistorical investigationSL and HL

Key History Vocab

keyword

Description

Message of the source

What is the source trying to communicate to the reader

Contrast

Look for difference between sources 

Synthesis 

Look at multiple sources and create an answer in your own words using the information from the sources

Compare

Look for similarities between sources

Evaluate 

Weigh up arguments to a question to produce a conclusion based on evidence from the sources and your own knowledge 

Paper 1

(20% of overall grade, 1h long)

4 parts of the final paper

Direct Analyses of Sources (5pts)

OPCVL (4pts)

Comparative Study of Sources (6pts)

Evaluative Essay (with knowledge and sources) (9pts)

24pts total (19pts or 75% gets a 7)

Conclusion

A good conclusion for the evaluative essay should discuss:

Aim

Results - sources and knowledge

Themes - as a whole

Perspectives - strongest arguments

Necessary Skills for P1

Concision

Knowledge

Source Analysis

Critical Thinking

Time Management

Key History Vocab

Editors

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