Nature of the Subject
Students can choose to study History at two levels: Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). The course is concerned with individuals and societies in the widest context: political, social, religious, technological and cultural.
The course will prepare the student for a broad range of career paths and/or higher education choices.
Students choosing this course should have a basic grounding in History, preferably a C grade or equivalent at IGCSE and they should also have sound English skills.
1. Prescribed Subjects:
(a) The USSR under Stalin, 1924 to 1941
(b) The emergence and development of the People's Republic of China (PRC), 1946 to 1964
(c) The Cold War, 1960 to 1979
2. 20th century world history topics:
(a) Causes, practices and effects of war
(b) Nationalist and independence movements, decolonization and challenges facing new states
(c) The rise and rule of single-party states
(d) Peace and cooperation: international organizations and multiparty states
(e) The Cold War
(f) The state and its relationship with religion and with minorities
3. Regional Options:
(c) East and South East Asia and Oceania
(d) Europe (including Russia/USSR)
(e) South Asia and the Middle East (including North Africa)
4. Historical Investigation:
HL candidates are required to study one prescribed subject, two 20th century world topics, one regional option and undertake one historical investigation.
SL candidates are required to study one prescribed subject, two 20th century world topics and undertake one historical investigation.
HL and SL are assessed externally at the end of the course by written exams.
There are three written papers for HL, totalling 5 hours and accounting for 80% of the marks. There are two written papers for SL, totalling 2 ½ hours and accounting for 75% of the marks. The Historical Investigation is internally assessed. It accounts for 20% of the final mark for HL and 25% of the final mark for SL.