IB History

Head of Department: Mr J Stypinski BA (York), PGCE (Bath)

Course Outline:

The course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of sources, methods and interpretations.  Students are encouraged to comprehend the present by reflecting critically on the past. They are further expected to understand historical developments at national, regional and international levels and learn about their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.

Course Description

The course is designed to:

  • encourage the systematic and critical study of human experience and behaviour, physical, economic and social environments and the history and development of social and cultural institutions
  • develop the capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society
  • enable students to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society; test hypotheses; and interpret complex data and source material
  • promote an appreciation of the way learning is relevant to both the culture in which the student lives and the culture of other societies
  • develop an awareness that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity
  • enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and that their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.

“History is past politics and politics is current history.”

This quote by economist EA Freeman reflects IB History of St Edmund’s. Students will use prior learning of historial events to make connections to war, conflict and conflict resolution in the 20th century. The following areas of study will be covered:

  • Nationalism and independence- India/Pakistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe
  • Conflict and intervention- Rwanda, Kosovo
  • Causes and effects of wars- Vietnam, Falklands/Malvinas, Irish war of Independence