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International Baccalaureate History II (Higher Level)

IB History is offered at the higher level (HL) and is designed as a two-year course for students pursuing an IB Certificate or IB Diploma.

The aims of the HL history course are to:

  • Promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  • Encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past
  • Encourage an understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, regional and international levels
  • Develop an awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.

Year two of the IB program will focus on HL option 5: Aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East. This option covers major trends in Europe and the Middle East in the period from the mid 18th century to the end of the 20th century. Major developments that will be covered include revolutions; the decline of empires and the establishment of nation states; political, social and economic reforms; and the emergence of dictatorships and the re-emergence of democracy. The course also includes a case study of Iran from 1945-2000.

* International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

International Baccalaureate (IB) History Instructor: Karen Pleasant