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It is a chance to study a topic that interests you which is not covered by the syllabus.
It can cover any historical topic of your choice.
The mark awarded for the study accounts for 20% of the final grade for Higher Level students, and 25% for Standard Level students.
It is marked by the history teacher within the school but is subject to moderation by the IB board.
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The first draft of the study is submitted in the first week of September and is used (along with Summer Examination results and prior classwork and homework) to help the teacher to decide upon a predicted grade for students' university applications. In the case of "borderline" students only, the teacher may agree to increase the predicted grade by one point if the candidate's final draft, submitted at the end of September, reaches a sufficiently high mark.
You should download and read this Timetable and Procedures for the History Internal Assessment.
You will have to complete this Initial Proposal Sheet and hand it to your teacher.
Start by considering if there is a period / place / person / issue in history that would like to investigate further. Maybe this is something you have read a little about, watched a film about or are interested in from your other studies / hobbies. The only strict rule is that anything that happened in the past 20 years is not allowed.
The three main focuses of study tend to be focused on
Once you have settled upon a topic, you have to then turn this into a question - a problem that your study will solve, in other words.
You will be required to identify THREE articles/books and TWO websites that will form the basis of your study. To help you find the books/articles, use these
You are now ready to complete the Initial Proposal Sheet and hand it to your teacher.
Make sure that this is a detailed, considered proposal. A superficial proposal could lead to the proposal being declined and the teacher imposing a title of their choice upon you instead.
You are now ready to start work on the study itself.
Start by downloading this Markscheme and Guidance for Students document. It makes a lot of sense to tackle each section separately.
Stick carefully to the word count!
To what extent does the life and works of Dimitri Shostakovich suggest that he was a critic rather than a stooge of the Stalinist regime?
Final Mark: 22/25
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