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History Standard and Higher IB *Fees Payable* at Cobham Hall *Fees Payable*

Course description

The study of History encourages us to reflect critically on events in the past, evaluate differing accounts and understand how our world has been shaped politically, culturally, economically and socially. Students must engage with a range of sources about the past, weigh up different interpretations and formulate arguments which justify their own opinions. All these are skills which help us to develop an increasingly mature understanding of the world in which we live.

Course content

The focus of the Standard Level course is the study of some of the most important and dramatic events and issues of the last 100 years in order to foster an understanding of the modern world. In addition Higher Level students will undertake a thematic study as it relates to the History of the Americas.
Topics covered at Standard Level are:
- The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries 1943-1990
- Authoritarian States (The regimes of Stalin, Hitler and Mao)
- Civil Rights and Protest in the USA and South Africa
The theme of the Higher Level course is “From Slavery to Civil Rights” and includes:
- Slavery and the New World (1500 – 1800)
- The United States’ Civil War: Causes, Course and Effects (1840-1877)
- Civil Rights and Social Movements in the Americas post 1945


Skills and understanding are tested on three external written papers but also by means of an internal assessment which allows the student to pursue a topic of her own choice.
Paper 1 is source-based and involves two prescribed case studies. Papers 2 and 3 require students to answer essay questions from different topics areas. The internal assessment allows the student to choose a topic for investigation, which does not necessarily have to be related to the main syllabus, enabling the student to follow her personal historical interests.
The study of sources is closely linked with the Theory of Knowledge. Students will question the reliability and validity of sources, leading to debates on bias in history, on how society knows about the past and on the nature of historical truth.

Financial information

*Fees Payable*

Future opportunities

Students who study History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. They learn how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. A qualification in History is directly relevant in areas where it is important to have knowledge of the past in order to understand current events. Such careers might include journalism or politics. A knowledge of the past is needed in careers such as archaeology, museum or heritage work and conservation. Careers which require research and report-writing skills, such as those acquired when studying History, might include law, publishing and management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cobham Hall *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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