IB Diploma Programme History@KCCIS
The Diploma Programme history course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. It also helps students to gain a better understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past. It is hoped that many students who follow the course will become fascinated with the discipline, developing a lasting interest in it whether or not they continue to study it formally.
History is correctly perceived to be more difficult than many Group 3 DP subjects which is why the study of History is held in high regard by many universities and employers. Analytical skills are required; there is considerable content to be mastered and then deployed in the exam, not just regurgitated. A high degree of maturity, sophisticated language skills and the ability to deploy information is required. Regardless of what kind of employment or studies is pursued in the future, History provides several key transferable skills such as:
History is a well recognised academic subject. The analytical skills which form the basis of history are vital to the requirements of most degree courses. Students have gone on to study History, Politics, Law, International Relations, Sociology, Media Studies, Business Studies, Management, Archeology and more at university.
At KCCIS, students who study the IB Diploma Programme are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, including one from Group 3 (Individuals and Societies). They can choose a second from groups 1-5 instead of a Group 6 subject. The group 3 options at KCCIS include: History, Geography, ITGS, Business and Management and Psychology. History is available at both Standard Level (SL/150 teaching hours) and Higher Level (HL/240 teaching hours).
Students need not have studied history prior to starting this course. In particular, it is neither expected nor required that specific subjects have been studied for national or international qualifications in preparation for this course. The specific skills and knowledge required are developed throughout the course itself.
IB DP History Topics for 2013-2015
The topics taught at KCCIS for the academic years 2013-2015 have now been confirmed and can be found below:
Route 2 - 20th Century World History
3.) Communism in Crisis 1976-1989
1.) Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single-Party States
5.) The Cold War
4.) Aspects of the History of Asia and Oceania (3 sub-topics):
(4) Early modernisation and imperial decline in East Asia - mid 19th to the early 20th century.
(6) The Republic of China 1912-1949 and the rise of communism.
(10) China: the regional superpower from mid 20th century to 2000.
Students are also required to complete the Internal Assessment which is an individual research project of 1500-2000 words, with students choosing their own area of investigation. Internal assessment is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations.
The textbooks used for DP History are now confirmed. The core texts will be available for purchase from the school in September 2013.
1.) Todd, A. (2012). History for the IB Diploma: Communism in Crisis 1976-1989. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
2.) Todd, A., Waller, S. (2011). History for the IB Diploma: Authoritarian and Single Party States. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
3.) Todd, A. (2011). History for the IB Diploma: The Cold War. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
4.) Rogers, K. (2012). IB History: Skills and Practice for the IB Diploma. OUP: Oxford.
1.) Cannon, M., et al. (2012). 20th Century World History: For
the IB Diploma. OUP: Oxford.