1) IGCSE History: Aims
The aims are to:
- stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past
- promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of individuals, people and societies in the past
- ensure that learners’ knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence
- promote an understanding of key historical concepts: cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
- provide a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest
- encourage international understanding
- encourage the development of historical skills, including investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication skills.
2) Syllabus Outline:
All candidates study all the Core Content in either:
Option A) The nineteenth century: the development of modern nation states, 1848–1914 The content focuses on the following Key Questions:
Were the Revolutions of 1848 important?
How was Italy unified?
How was Germany unified?
Why was there a civil war in the United States and what were its results?
Why, and with what effects, did Europeans expand their overseas empires in the nineteenth century?
What caused the First World War? or:
Option B) The twentieth century: international relations since 1919 The content focuses on the following Key Questions:
Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
Who was to blame for the Cold War?
How effectively did the United States contain the spread of Communism?
How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?
In addition, all candidates must also study at least one of the following Depth Studies:
The First World War, 1914–18
The United States, 1919–41
South Africa, c.1940–c.1994
Israelis and Palestinians since 1945
3) Assessment Outline:
All candidates take:
- Paper 1: Written Paper – Two questions on Section A and one question on Section B (120 minutes)
- Paper 2: Written Paper – Six questions on prescribed topic from Section A (120 minutes)
- Paper 3 or Paper 4: Coursework or Alternative to Coursework – Written Paper consisting of one question from Section B (60 minutes)
For more information check out the: IGCSE History Guide
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