Fee: Students who choose to continue in a second year of this course and take the IB exam will have an exam fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of World History I, II and III, or equivalent. For diploma and history certificate students, this course is a requirement.

General Description: The IB American Studies course is based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to the history of the Americas. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gain factual knowledge. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking, and on developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. In this way, the course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.

Content: The course has a primary focus on US History from the Civil War to the present with comparative historical elements from Latin America and Canada. In depth units of study include: Civil War and Reconstruction, The Great Depression, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam Era, Emergence of Contemporary America.

Strategies: Students will practice critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening and research skills.

Equipment to be provided by student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended