This course is based on instilling an understanding of history through analysis, contextualisation and investigation. The selection of the twentieth century as the core course meets the increasing interest of the students in the contemporary world. At the same time, it is a sound foundation for training students to understand the nature of historical evidence, to develop the capacity to evaluate evidence and to readjust historical views in light of that evidence. Finally, it aims to promote
- the acquisition and understanding of historical knowledge in breadth and depth, and across different cultures
- a lasting interest in history.
The core content for both HL/SL students covers twentieth century world history topics, including:
- The History of Tsarist Russia 1855 – 1917.
- Causes, consequences and technology of War – detailed study of the Russian, Spanish and Chinese civil wars.
- European imperialism and World War I
- World War II.
- Rise and rule of Mao Tse-Tung 1921-1976.
- The rise and rule of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini.
- A detailed study of The Interwar period.
- A detailed study of Japanese expansion in Asia 1931-41.
- A detailed study of German expansion 1933-40.
School-based assessment 20%
Written examinations 80%
School-based assessment 25%
Written examinations 75%
An ability to write analytically and evaluate evidence critically is essential to success in this course. A high level of English and an ability to work with primary sources is of utmost importance.
The aims of this course are to help students
- develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales.
- develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:
- acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues or wicked problems have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes
- synthesising diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved
- understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales.
Part 1: Two options are studied at Standard Level and three options are studied at Higher Level
Paper 1: Geographic Themes
- Freshwater – drainage basins
- Oceans and coasts
- Extreme environments
- Geophysical hazards
- Leisure, sport tourism
- Food and health
- Urban environments
Part 2: HL & SL core
Population distribution – changing population
Global climate – vulnerability and resilience
Global resource consumption and security
Part 3: HL Core extension
Power, places and networks
Human development and diversity
Global risks and resilience
Fieldwork leading to one written report based on a fieldwork question, information collection, analysis and evaluation.
An individual investigation project: HL: 20% SL: 25%
Written examinations: HL: 80% SL: 75%
REQUIREMENTSAn ability to evaluate evidence critically is essential to success in this course. The field-trip is compulsory