IB Group 3: History
History may be taken as either a Group 3 or Group 6 subject.
In an age of globalisation and technological development, different cultures are increasingly in contact and interdependent. The IB approaches History from an international, largely twentieth century, perspective and through the study of individuals and societies in the widest context: political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural, it aims to deepen our understanding of a shared past as well as present.
IB History has a global focus. Through the study of the 20th Century World History topics the Rise and Rule of Single Party States, such as those under Mao in China and Fidel Castro in Cuba, and the impact of The Cold War around the world, students are encouraged to engage with historical enquiry, explanation and interpretation and to face the problem of determining the accuracy of what is claimed to be reliable historical knowledge. A focus, through documentary sources, on the prescribed subject The Arab-Israeli conflict from 1945-1979 encourages an examination in-depth of a major world issue and develops the ability to comprehend, analyse and evaluate source material as historical evidence. HL History students will also study Aspects of the History of the Americas from c 1840-1981.
Assessment involves written examination papers on The Arab-Israeli Conflict and 20th Century World Topics. For HL students there is an additional written paper on Aspects of the History of the Americas. All students also undertake a historical investigation as coursework.
Skills gained on this course
- The acquisition and understanding of historical knowledge from different cultures in breadth and in depth
- A developing appreciation and understanding of History as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
- International awareness and understanding of people living in a variety of places at different times
- A better understanding of the present through an understanding of the past
- An ability to use and communicate historical knowledge and understanding
- Ability to distinguish reasoned argument from prejudice and propaganda.
Students who have studied IB History have found it to be an excellent preparation for courses such as International Relations and Politics at university. History is more relevant to careers than might be immediately apparent. Many careers utilise the skills of research, analysis and report-writing skills developed by History students. If students plan to work in the media, politics or diplomatic service then it is important to have knowledge of historic events in order to understand current affairs. Careers involving History directly include Archaeology, Museum, Heritage and archiving work, Conservation and Architecture.