History is offered at both Standard and Higher Level as part of the IB Diploma. The Standard Level course provides further exploration of the Cold War, as well as a source based enquiry into the move to global war, looking closely at the foreign policies of Japan, Italy and Germany in the 1930s. The remainder of the course is devoted to a thematic study of 20th century single party states and authoritarian regimes, such as Stalin’s Russia and Castro’s Cuba.
The Higher Level course comprises medieval, early modern and modern history ranging from military leaders Richard the Lionheart and Genghis Khan in the 12th and 13th centuries, to Portuguese and Spanish exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries, to late tsarist Russia and the 1917 Revolution. The Cold War and single party states in the 20th century are also studied. Pupils at both Levels also undertake an independent assignment on a historical topic, event or personality of their choice.