The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous assessment programme for students aged 16-19. This course is well respected by universities worldwide and provides high quality education to students. It encourages students to be curious, knowledgeable, open minded, empathetic while inculcating values and attitudes in them.

IBDP offers over 30 courses from six subject groups, from each of these subject groups; students have a choice to pick subjects that interest them.Generally, three subjects are taken at the Higher Level (HL) and others are taken at the Standard Level( SL). HL subjects are studied in greater depth than SL subjects.

In addition, three core elements, the extended essay, theory of knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service are compulsory and central to the programme’s philosophy.The History DP course focuses on world history and is based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the various spheres such as political, economic, social and cultural.

History Curriculum Overview:

Component Teaching Hours recommended
Prescribed Subjects
One of the following, using two case studies, each taken from a different region of the world:

1. Military Leaders
2. Conquest and its impact
3. The move to global war
4. Rights and Protest
5. Conflict and Intervention
World history topics
Two of the following, using topic examples from more than one region of the world:

1. Society and Economy (750-1400)
2. Causes and effects of medieval wars (750-1500)
3. Dynasties and Rulers (750-1500)
4. Societies in transition (1400-1700)
5. Early Modern states (1450-1789)
6. Causes and Effects of Early Modern wars (1500-1750)
7. Origins, development and impact of industrialization (1750-2005)
8. Independence Movements (1800-2000)
9. Evolution and development of democratic states (1848-2000)
10. Authoritarian states (20th Century)
11. Causes and Effects of 20th- century wars
12. The Cold-war: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century)
HL Options: Depth studies
One of the following:

1. History of Africa and the Middle East
2. History of the Americas
3. History of Asia and Oceania
4. History of Europe
Internal Assessment
Historical Investigation

Assessment Model:

Objective 1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical concepts and contexts

Objection 2: Application and Analysis

Objective: Synthesis and Evaluation of different historical issues and events

Objective 4: Application of appropriate skills


Assessment at a glance:

Type of assessmentFormat of AssessmentTime Hours (HL)Weighting of Final Grade(%) in HL Time Hours (SL)Weighting of Final Grade(%) in SL
Paper 1Source-based paper based on the five prescribed subjects120130
Paper 2Essay based paper on the 12 world history topics1,521.545
Paper 3Essay based paper on one of the four regional options1.535NANA
Historical InvestigationA historical investigation into a topic of the student’s choice20202025

The course encourages students to think historically and develop historical skills, while developing critical skills and understanding the multiple historical interpretations.

The course aims to develop an understanding of the past among students. It encourages students to understand the complex nature of historical concepts and issues, promote international-mindedness through this history course and enhance self awareness and understand contemporary society through reflection of past among students.


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