International Baccalaureate (IB) History I (Standard Level)

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

The IB history course is designed to explicitly reinforce the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness. One of the key concepts that weaves throughout the course is perspectives and, more specifically, an emphasis on encouraging students to appreciate multiple perspectives. In addition, all students are required to study case studies and examples from different regions of the world, with comparison of such examples helping to ensure that the course adopts a transnational perspective.

The aims of the history course at Standard Level are to:

  • Develop an understanding of and continuing interest in the past.
  • Encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events, and developments.
  • Promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world.
  • Develop an understanding of history as a discipline, and to develop historical consciousness including a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives.
  • Develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources.
  • Increase students’ understandings of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

During the first year, this course studies two major units within the category of World History Topics of the 20th century. One unit, the Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars tries to differentiate various types of wars and their impact on modern history. Case studies on World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and Algeria will be discussed. The other unit, Authoritarian and Single Party States, also uses a case study approach, and highlights Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro.

NOTE: Non IB diploma or certificate candidates may take IB History Year I SL, as a one year, stand alone course in either their junior or senior year. For this course, their transcript would read 20th Century World History. It receives no IB designation.

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) History I (SL) Instructors: Karen Pleasant and Tim McCall