International Baccalaureate (IB) History II (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 second year of this course, students revisit some of the material from year one, and delve into Prescribed Subject 4: Rights and Protest. This prescribed subject focuses on struggles for rights and freedoms in the mid-20th century and will include two case studies: the Civil Rights movement in the United States (1956-1965) and protests against Apartheid in South Africa (1948-1964).


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

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