IB History Syllabus starting Autumn 2015

 
 

IBDP: Curriculum Map Possibilities

The new IBDP History syllabus is very flexible, allowing for a wide combination of topics between the three exam papers (Sourcework, Standard Level Essays and Higher Level Essays). However, due to time constraints it is highly advisable to ensure as much overlap between the three papers as possible. With this in mind I have been thinking very carefully and in discussion with my students about how to structure the new course.

This document reflects my ongoing thoughts about how to map out a new IBDP History course starting this September according to the demands of the new syllabus. I hope you find it useful. I'd very much welcome any feedback you may have.

Overview: My Current Curriculum Map

The following curriculum map reflects what I am currently teaching Year 12 in the final life-cycle of the old syllabus. It has worked well, and in particular the Middle East topics have proven to be particularly popular and relevant:

Possible IBDP History Curriculum Map [A]

 

Paper 1: “Middle East 1945-1979”

Paper 2

Paper 3

  (With P2 overlap on Causes, Practices, Effects of War) Authoritarian States / Causes, Practices, Effects of War / Cold War Origins European History Option

Autumn 1

Induction project - Impact of WW2 (2 wks)
Origins of WW1 (2wks)
Causes for the defeat of Germany in WW1 (2wks)

  Russia in 1914
(1wk)

Holiday Work

Podcast research project

Autumn 2

 

[Podcast presentations]
Spanish Civil War Causes
Spanish Civil War Course - Franco's victory
(3 wks)

Causes of the French Revolution
(3 wks)

Holiday Work

  Essay on SCW Essay on French Revolution

Spring 1

Middle East introduction
(2 wks)

Impact of WW1 on Russia; February Revolution
(2 wks)

Events of the French Revolution
(2 wks)

Holiday Work

  Research Origins of one War  

Spring 2

Middle East: 1939-47 | 1947-49
(1 wk)

Origins of Warfare (1 wk)
Research rise of one dictator / Comparing rise of dictators
Rise of Pinochet, and comparison to Franco (2 wks)

Middle East 1914-39
(2 wks)
Napoleon's Domestic Policies
(2 wks)

Holiday Work

Internal Assessment: settle on question

Summer

 

 

 

Russian October Revolution (Rise of Dictator, Impact of War on Russia) (2 wks)
Nazi Rule of Germany OR Rule of Castro in Cuba OR Origins of WW2 (2 wks)

 

Holiday Work

Holiday Work: Internal Assessment first draft.

Autumn 1

Middle East: 1950-67 (Suez, 6-Day War)
(3 wks)

Internal Assessment second draft
(2 wks)
Lenin's USSR 1917-24
(2 wks)

Holiday Work

     

Autumn 2

Yom Kippur War/Camp David
(2 wks)

Rise of Stalin 1924-29
(1.5 wks)
Stalin's Russia 1929-53
(2.5 wks)

 

Holiday Work

 

Spring 1

 

Cold War Origins(3 wks)

 

Holiday Work

     

Spring 2

Middle East 1980-2000 (1 wk)
Cold War End (2 wks)
Revision (3 wks) - e.g. Origins of WW1 compared to Origins of WW2

Question 1: Early Modern or Modern?

I mapped out both an Early Modern Course, and a Modern Course. I then presented this to my students, who seemed particularly keen for a modern route:

IB Course 2015-2016 - Early Modern v. Modern Routes

 

Option 1 - Early Modern Route

Option 2 - Modern Route

Paper 1 (Sourcework in 60m)

Conquest and its impact
The Final Stage of Muslim Rule in Spain (Granada, Reconquista)
The Conquest of the Aztec and Inca Empires

The move to global war
Japanese Expansion in East Asia (1931-41)
German and Italian Expansion (1933-40)

Paper 2
(Two Standard Level Essays in 90m. )

5. Early Modern states (1450-1789)
Europe: Expansion of the Ottoman Empire
Americas: Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire (per P1)

10: Authoritarian States
Americas: Chile and Pinochet
Europe: Germany and Hitler

6. Causes / effects of Early Modern wars (1500-1750)
Americas: Spanish conquest of Aztec / Incan Empires (per P1)
Africa / Middle East: Ottoman-Mamluk War (1516-1517) OR European wars linked to the Reformation.

11: Causes and effects of 20th-century wars
Asia: Vietnam War
Europe: Spanish Civil War Causes | Events

Paper 3 (Higher Level)

(Three essays in 150 minutes. 2 questions provided on each topic. So two in depth is enough to be ‘safe', with a third ‘bonus' topic included to provide breadth)

5. The Age of Exploration and its impact (1400-1550)
This section focuses on exploration and expansion both westwards to the Americas and eastwards to the Indian Ocean and the Spice Islands. It examines the motives and enablers of Spanish and Portuguese exploration, as well as the impact of this exploration on Europe.

8. French Revolution / Napoleon I (1774-1815)
This section deals with the origins, outbreak, course and impact of the French Revolution. It focuses on the social, economic, political and intellectual challenges confronting the Ancien Regime and the stages of the revolutionary process, culminating in the rise and rule of Napoleon Bonaparte.

6. The Reformation (1517-1572)
Luther in Germany
Calvin in Switzerland
Counter-Reformation

14. Rise and Rule European states (1918-1939)
Hitler's Germany (1933-1939) - overlap with P2
Italy (1918-1939)
Spanish Civil War Causes | Events (1918-1939) - already covered in P2

8. French Revolution / Napoleon I (1774-1815)
This section deals with the origins, outbreak, course and impact of the French Revolution. It focuses on the social, economic, political and intellectual challenges confronting the Ancien Regime and the stages of the revolutionary process during this period, culminating in the rise and rule of Napoleon Bonaparte.

12. Russia 1917-24: The Feb | Oct Revolutions and Lenin's Rule
16. Soviet Union 1924-41: Rise and Rule of Stalin
17. Post-war western and northern Europe (1945-2000)
- Origins of the Cold War to 1949
- Spain: Franco's Rule (P2 overlap)

Question 2: Modern European?

With my students committed to a Modern course, I drew up two possible curriculum maps. The first is based around a “Road to Global War” P1, and a European Paper 3. The second has “Rights and Protest” for P1 and an American Paper 3:

Possible IBDP History Curriculum Map [A]
"Road to Global War" + European Paper 3

 

Paper 1: “Road to Global War”

Paper 2

Paper 3

  (With P2 overlap on Causes, Practices, Effects of War) Authoritarian States / Causes, Practices, Effects of War European History Option

Autumn 1

 

Spanish Civil War Causes
Spanish Civil War Course - Franco's victory
Civil War / Rise of Dictator - Region 1
HL Topic 14 overlap

8. French Revolution: Causes

Holiday Work

 

Causes for Germany's Defeat in WW1

 

Autumn 2

Japanese Expansion
Interstate War - Region 1 (China)

 

8. Napoleon:
Reformer or Reactionary?

Holiday Work

 

Preparatory work on Tsarist Russia

 

Spring 1

Italian Expansion
Interstate War - Region 2 (Ethiopia)

 

12. Russia: Revolutions of 1917
[Feb | Oct]

Holiday Work

 

[Settle upon an IA question]

 

Spring 2

 

Rule of Lenin
Rule of Dictator - Region 1
HL Topic 13 overlap

16. Russia: Rise of Stalin

Holiday Work

Mock exam revision

Summer

German Expansion

inc. Germany in the Spanish Civil War
Optional Interstate War - Region 3 (France)

 

14. Mussolini's Italy

Holiday Work

 

[Writing the IA]

 

Autumn 1

 

Pinochet - Rise
Rise of Dictator - Region 2

16. Russia: Rule of Stalin

Holiday Work

 

 

16. Russia: Impact of WW2

Autumn 2

 

Diem - Rule
Rule of Dictator - Region 2
*OR students research their own*

14. Hitler's Germany

Holiday Work

Mock exam revision

Spring 1

 

Vietnam War
Civil / Guerrilla War - Region 2

17. Cold War: Origins to 1949
(SL students should be encourages to attend to provide an ‘insurance' topic for P2)

Holiday Work

 

 

Franco Rule (+ Spain 1975-82)

Spring 2

Revision, focusing on nature of wars / dictators

Paper 2 Checklist:
Cold War - Origins and case studies - Vietnam, Chile
Authoritarian States: Rise of dictators - Pinochet R1, Franco R2; Rule of Dictators - Lenin R1, Diem R2
Causes and Effects of Wars: Guerilla Wars - Vietnam R2; Civil Wars - Vietnam R1, Spain R2

 

Question 3: Modern American?

Possible IBDP History Curriculum Map [C]
"Rights & Protest" Paper 1, Authoritarian States / Cold War Paper 2 (with neat overlaps with "Wars" topic), Americas Paper 3 (topics 14,15,16,17)

NOTE: Topics such as French Revolution , Napoleon, Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin could be recommended for IA, EE topics.

 

Paper 1

Paper 2

With P3 overlaps noted

Paper 3

  Rights and Protest
(with overlap on HL Topic 17, SL Topic 8 - Evolution / Development of Democratic States)
Cold War / Authoritarian States / Causes, Practices, Effects of Wars Americas Option

Autumn 1
(7 wks)

 

 

1. Induction project - Impact of WW2
(2 wks)
P2 T11: Impact of War

 

2. Cold War: Origins
To 1945 | To 1949

P2 T12: Cold War Crisis (Europe)
(4 wks)

 

Holiday Work

 

Research Project on Rise of Dictators

 

Autumn 2
(6 wks)

2. Apartheid South Africa (1948-1964)
(4 wks)

1. Rise of Dictators Compared

P2 T10: Rise of a Dictator
(2 wks; students focus on non-American examples)

 

Holiday Work

 

Podcast Research Project

 

Spring 1
(6 wks)


1. Spanish Civil War
Causes for its outbreak, and for Franco's victory
P2 T11: Civil War R2
P2 T10: Rise of a Dictator R2

(3 wks)

2. Korean War: Cause, Course, Consequence
HL 16: Korean War
(3 wks)

Holiday Work

Choosing an Internal Assessment Question

Spring 2
(7 wks)

1. Civil rights movement in the United States
(1954-1960)

HL 18
(4 wks)

 

2. Truman: McCarthyism and the social/cultural impact of Cold War
3. Eisenhower and Dulles: The "New Look"
(3 wks)

Holiday Work

Mock exam revision

Summer
(8 wks, but heavily disrupted)

 

1. Cuban Revolution
P2 T10: Rise of a Dictator R1

P2 T12: Cold War Leader (America)
HL 14. The Cuban Revolution
(2 wks)

 

3. The Berlin Crisis of 1961

(2 wks)


2. Kennedy's Alliance for Progress
(Revisiting Latin America)
HL 15/16.

(2 wks)

Holiday Work

Writing the Internal Assessment

Autumn 1
(7 wks)

2. Civil rights movement in the United States
(1961-1965)
- HL 18
(2 wks)

1. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
P2: Cold War Crisis (America, Europe)
HL 16: Foreign Policy of Kennedy

(2 wks)

3. Radical African American Activism

(1965-1968) - HL 15
(2 wks)

Holiday Work

 

 

 

Autumn 2
(6 wks)

 

1. Vietnam War
P2 T12: Cold War Crisis (Asia)
HL 16. US involvement in Vietnam
(3 wks)

 

3. Rule of Castro
P2: Rule of a Dictator R1
HL 14: Rule of Castro
(1.5 wks)

2. Johnson and the Great Society

HL 15.

(1.5 wks)

Holiday Work

Mock exam revision

Mock exam revision

Mock exam revision

Spring 1
(6 wks; reduced to 4 after mocks/feedback)

 

 

Chile: Allende and Pinochet to 1973
HL 14. Rise/rule of a military dictatorship
(2 wks)
HL 16: Nixon and Chile (and his other foreign policy, ideally)

Nixon's domestic policies, inc. Watergate
(2 wks) HL 14/15.

Holiday Work

 

 

 

Spring 2
(7 wks)

 

Rule of Dictators Compared Project
Rule of a Dictator R2
(Castro compared to Mao - two region coverage; consider a 'rule of Lenin/rise of Stalin' mini unit too).
(3 wks)

Pinochet's domestic and foreign policies
(2 wks) HL 14/15.

Revision, focusing on nature of wars (class of May 2017) / dictators (class of May 2018) (3 wks)

CAUSES for McCarthyism - going back to the original presentation and 'beefing up' the international angle with some domestic data.

Comparing and contrasting foreign policy of Presidents to tie everything together - debate. Remember to cover Truman's Point4 programme in Latin America too.

Possible additional topics: [End of the Cold War?] [Reagan, Clinton, Bush, 9/11...?]

Paper 2 Checklist:
Authoritarian States:
Rise of dictators
- Castro (SL) / Pinochet (HL) R1, Franco R2;
Rule of Dictators
- Castro (SL) / Pinochet (HL) R1, another through the research project.
Causes and Effects of Wars: Guerilla Wars - Cuba (SL) R1, Vietnam (SL) / Korea (HL) R2; Civil Wars - Vietnam (SL) / Korea (HL) R1, Spain R2

Cold War - Leaders (Truman, Stalin, Khrushchev, Castro, Nixon); Nations (Cuba, Chile, Korea, Vietnam); Crises (Cuban (SL) / Chile (HL) R1; Berlin R2; Korea (HL) / Vietnam (SL) R3)

 

Conclusion

The Final Decision: Rights and Protest, plus Americas Paper 3

The 'safe' option is defintely the "Road to Global War" + European History. This matches closely the IBDP History course I have delivered up until now.

However, 'safe' is also a bit 'boring' - especially given that the vast majority of my students will have studied many of these topics at IGCSE level already.

Therefore, I think I will be attempting to deliver the "Rights and Protest" + American History. This will be a fresh challenge for me, and hopefully a very engaging course for my students!

The topics which I will miss most (e.g. Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, Napoleon, French Revolution...) could be pushed towards students as IA/EE topics.