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IB
 HISTORY
 SYLLABUS
 &
 COURSE
 OUTLINE
 
11th
 &
 12th
 Grades
 –
 Standard
 and
 Higher
 Level
 

 

OVERVIEW
 
Our
 ignorance
 of
 history
 causes
 us
 to
 slander
 our
 own
 times.
 
-­‐

Gustave
 Flaubert
 

The
 study
 of
 History
 is
 far
 more
 than
 the
 memorization
 of
 names
 and
 dates
 from
 the
 past.
 Although
 the
 focus
 
of
 study
 is
 that
 of
 our
 collective
 past,
 its
 significance
 is
 the
 bearing
 it
 has
 on
 our
 present,
 on
 the
 world
 we
 live
 
in
 now
 and
 the
 world
 we
 will
 live
 in
 in
 the
 future.
 More
 significantly,
 History
 greatly
 shapes
 and
 determines
 
how
 we
 view
 the
 world
 we
 live
 in
 and
 our
 relationships
 with
 others.
 One
 of
 the
 greatest
 rewards
 of
 the
 study
 
of
 History
 is
 the
 realization
 that
 truth
 is
 subjective
 and
 relative,
 and
 depends
 largely
 on
 contextual
 perspective.
 
Historians
 and
 students
 of
 History
 alike
 critically
 question
 the
 historical
 truths
 that
 influence
 us
 today.
 The
 
beauty
 of
 the
 discipline,
 contrary
 to
 the
 convention
 view
 of
 History,
 is
 that
 the
 discipline
 is
 not
 static.
 Rather,
 it
 
is
 dynamic
 and
 constantly
 evolving;
 History
 lives
 and
 changes
 as
 we
 change.
 
 
Students
 of
 History
 should
 learn
 that
 study
 of
 the
 discipline
 depends
 on
 the
 posing
 of
 questions
 without
 
providing
 definite
 answers.
 In
 order
 to
 understand
 the
 past,
 students
 must
 engage
 with
 it
 through
 exposure
 to
 
primary
 resources
 and
 the
 work
 of
 historians,
 while
 constantly
 analyzing
 and
 evaluating
 resources
 critically.
 At
 
the
 same
 time,
 the
 study
 of
 History
 requires
 and
 depends
 on
 an
 individual’s
 understanding
 of,
 and
 empathy
 
for,
 people
 living
 in
 other
 periods
 and
 contexts.
 
IB
 Diploma
 Programme
 History
 provides
 both
 structure
 and
 flexibility,
 fostering
 an
 understanding
 of
 historical
 
events
 in
 a
 global
 context.
 It
 requires
 students
 to
 make
 comparisons
 between
 similar
 and
 dissimilar
 solutions
 
to
 human
 situations,
 whether
 they
 be
 political,
 economic,
 or
 social.
 It
 invites
 comparisons
 between,
 but
 not
 
judgments
 of,
 different
 cultures,
 political
 systems
 and
 traditions.
 The
 international
 perspective
 in
 the
 IB
 
Diploma
 Programme
 History
 course
 provides
 an
 excellent
 foundation
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