Fee: IB Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: U.S. History or IB History of the Americas HL 1. Students must have taken the first year of this course, SS650A/B - IB History of the Americas HL 1, to be eligible to sit for the IB exam.

General Description: This course is the second in a two year progression that prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level exam in May.

This is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. 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 gaining 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: This course will explore conflict as a driving force of change in the 20th Century. Specific topics covered will include 20thcentury authoritarian states, the causes and practices of 20th century wars with close attention paid to nations leading up to WWII, and multiple perspectives on the origins and effects of the Cold War. 


Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Note-taking
  • Written and oral language skills
  • Direct instruction
  • Research
  • Formal and informal discussions

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