History IB

HIST Study Guide

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History Overview

History Aims and Objectives IBDP

Group 3 Subject Aims IB DP

History students (and all Group 3 Individuals and Societies students) will:

  • engage in the systematic and critical study of the human experience and human behaviour; physical, economic and social environments; the history and development of social and cultural institutions

  • develop a capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society

  • enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypotheses and interpret complex data and source material

  • appreciate the way in which learning is relevant to various cultures and societies

  • develop an appreciation of diversity

  • recognise that the content and methodologies of subjects are contestable and that study involves an appreciation of uncertainty

 

History Subject Aims IB DP

History students (SL and HL) will:

  • develop an understanding and interest in history

  • engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues and events

  • promote international-mindedness through the study of history

  • develop an understanding of history as a discipline and to develop historical consciousness including chronology, context, and perspectives

  • increase their understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection

 

History Assessment Objectives IB DP

Knowledge and Understanding -- History students will demonstrate:

  • detailed, relevant and accurate historical knowledge

  • understanding of historical concepts and context

  • understanding of historical sources


Application and Analysis -- History students will:

  • formulate clear and coherent arguments

  • use relevant historical knowledge to effectively support analysis

  • analyse and interpret a variety of sources


Synthesis and Evaluation -- History students will:

  • integrate evidence and analysis to produce a coherent response

  • evaluate different perspectives on historical issues and events, and integrate this evaluation effectively into a response

  • evaluate sources as historical evidence, recognizing their value and limitations

  • synthesize information from a selection of relevant sources


Use and Application of Appropriate Skills -- History students will:

  • structure and develop focused essays that respond effectively to the demands of a question

  • reflect on the methods used by, and challenges faced by, historian

  • formulate an appropriate, focused question to guide a historical inquiry

  • demonstrate evidence of research skills

 

IB DP History Syllabus

 

Part 1 History (40 Hours)

Select one prescribed History topic from this list:

  • Military leaders

  • Conquest and its impact

  • The move to global war

  • Rights and protest

  • Conflict and intervention

 

Part 2 History (90 Hours)

Select two World History topics from this list:

  • Society and economy (750–1400)

  • Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500)

  • Dynasties and rulers (750–1500)

  • Societies in transition (1400–1700)

  • Early Modern states (1450–1789)

  • Causes and effects of Early Modern wars (1500–1750)

  • Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750–2005)

  • Independence movements (1800–2000)

  • Evolution and development of democratic states (1848–2000)

  • Authoritarian states (20th century)

  • Causes and effects of 20th-century wars

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

 

Part 3 HL History Students Extention (90 Hours)

Select one HL regional topic from this list:

  • History of Africa and the Middle East

  • History of the Americas

  • History of Asia and Oceania

  • History of Europe

 

Part 4 History Internal Assessment (20 Hours)

Internal assessment - History students choose a historical topic to investigate, 

 

History Assessment Tasks

History Standard Level (SL) Assessment Tasks
Paper 1 

Duration: 1 hr

Weighting: 30%

Marks: 24
Source-based paper based on the five prescribed subjects:

  • Military leaders

  • Conquest and its impact

  • The move to global war

  • Rights and protest

  • Conflict and intervention

Students choose one subject from the list of topics and answer four questions. (24 marks)

 

Paper 2

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Weighting: 45%

Marks: 30

Students write essays based on the two of the 12 world history topics from this list:

  • Society and economy (750–1400)

  • Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500)

  • Dynasties and rulers (750–1500)

  • Societies in transition (1400–1700)

  • Early Modern states (1450–1789)

  • Causes and effects of Early Modern wars (1500–1750)

  • Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750–2005)

  • Independence movements (1800–2000)

  • Evolution and development of democratic states (1848–2000)

  • Authoritarian states (20th century)

  • Causes and effects of 20th-century wars

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

 

Internal Assessment

Allocated Class Time: 20 hrs

Weighting: 25%

Marks: 25
This Historical investigation assessment task is internally assessed and students are required to complete a historical investigation into a topic of their choice.
 

History Higher Level (HL) Assessment Tasks

Paper 1 

Duration: 1 hr

Weighting: 20%

Marks: 24
Source-based paper based on the five prescribed subjects:

  • Military leaders

  • Conquest and its impact

  • The move to global war

  • Rights and protest

  • Conflict and intervention

Students choose one subject from the list of topics and answer four questions. (24 marks)

 

Paper 2

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Weighting: 25%

Marks: 30

Students write essays based on the two of the 12 world history topics from this list:

  • Society and economy (750–1400)

  • Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500)

  • Dynasties and rulers (750–1500)

  • Societies in transition (1400–1700)

  • Early Modern states (1450–1789)

  • Causes and effects of Early Modern wars (1500–1750)

  • Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750–2005)

  • Independence movements (1800–2000)

  • Evolution and development of democratic states (1848–2000)

  • Authoritarian states (20th century)

  • Causes and effects of 20th-century wars

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

 

Paper 3

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins

Weighting: 35%

Marks: 45
Students will respond, in essay form, to three questions that focus on one of four regional options. The HL regional topics are:

  • History of Africa and the Middle East

  • History of the Americas

  • History of Asia and Oceania

  • History of Europe

 

Internal Assessment

Allocated Class Time: 20 hrs

Weighting: 20%

Marks: 25
This Historical investigation assessment task is internally assessed and students are required to complete a historical investigation into a topic of their choice.

 

Command Terms Used in IB History Exams

Be sure to understand these IB Command Terms before you sit the exams. It would wise if (1) understand what each term means (2) understand what response the command term is asking for and practice writing responses to each command term (3) practice writing exam questions using the command terms and (4) look at past papers and identify the command terms used.

 

Command Terms
  • Analyse - Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure. [this is an AO2 command term and is worth 2-4 marks]

  • Compare - Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations. [this is an AO2 command term and is worth 2-4 marks]

  • Compare and contrast - Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations. [this is an AO2 command term and is worth 2-4 marks]

  • Contrast - Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations. [this is an AO3 command term and is worth 8 marks]

  • Discuss - Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. [this is an AO3 command term and is worth 8 marks]

  • Evaluate - Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and weaknesses. [this is an AO3 command term and is worth 8 marks]

  • Examine - Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue. [this is an AO3 command term and is worth 8 marks]

  • To what extent - Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept. [this is an AO3 command term and is worth 8 marks]

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