Group 3: Individuals and Societies

History SL and HL

History is an exploratory course that poses deep questions without providing definitive answers. It requires excellent reading and writing habits, but there will also be a significant group-discussion component in our seminars. Students need to be ready to study at home, and to come to classes prepared with questions and ideas.

At Stratford Hall, the Grade 11 year examines 20th century world-history topics: focusing on dictatorships and the Cold War. We will also investigate South African Apartheid. The Grade 12s return after the summer to a study of Civil Rights in the Americas 1945-2000, including women’s rights, indigenous history, and LGBTQ topics; and Latin American History from 1945-82.

Students will write a major research paper, the Historical Investigation, that combines their own study of a topic they choose with Theory of Knowledge skills.

Grade 11: History of the Americas Topic

Grade 12

Authoritarian States (20th century)

Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (20th century)

The Cold War and the Americas 1945-89

South African Apartheid

Civil Rights in the Americas 1945-2000

Latin America Political Developments 1945-82 (HL)

Objectives and Practices

DP History aims to develop knowledge, communication, research skills, curiosity, lasting critical-thinking abilities, and a profound understanding of – and empathy for – people living in other periods and contexts; therefore, the course provides abundant opportunities for students to explore and apply the IB Learner Profile. The course naturally integrates academic skepticism, a crucial connection to Theory of Knowledge.

Students will study university-level sources (film, primary and secondary texts, newspapers, oral history) and come to seminars ready to lead discussions, to ask relevant and informed questions, and to work with peers to discover – rather than cover – the skills, attitudes, and content of DP History. A relatively advanced reading level is expected.

Students are encouraged to investigate local and family history, using personal and/or municipal, provincial, national, and international sources. The best historical investigations challenge students to employ both primary and secondary texts, original interviews, and field research, deepening their understanding of the past, of others, and of themselves.

Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the course rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 3 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final Course Grade is based on their achievement on two or three exams – written at the end of Grade 12 – and on their historical investigation.

External Assessment: 75% for SL;
80% for HL

Internal Assessment: 25% for SL;
20% for HL

Paper 1: DocumentAnalysis
60 minutes 20% (30% for SL)

Historical Investigation:

A 2200-word research project on historical topic selected by students

Paper 2: Two Essays
90 minutes 25% (45% for SL)

Paper 3: Three Essays
150 minutes 35% (HL only)

Geography SL and HL

Geography is all around us. Everything from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, to the places where we live and visit are all geographic products. Climate change, environmental degradation, and resource management are all complex geographical issues. As the world’s population continues to grow, so too will the challenge of managing the resources of our planet. Geography is a dynamic subject, which asks us to consider a multitude of local and global human interactions and our collective impact upon the Earth.

Grade 11: Core Themes (SL & HL) Optional Themes (2 for SL, 3 for HL)

Internal Assessment
(Externally moderated)

Core Themes:

• Populations in Transition

• Disparities in Wealth and Development

• Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability

• Patterns in Resource Consumption

Optional Themes:

• Oceans and their Coastal Margins

• Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

Global Interactions:

• Changing Space— the shrinking world

• Economic Interactions and Flows

• Environmental Changes

• Sociocultural Exchanges

• Political Outcomes

• Global Interactions at the Local Level

Optional Theme:

• The Geography of Food and Health

Objectives and Practices:
Geography aims to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between people, places, spaces, and the environment. Students will develop a concern for human welfare and the quality of the environment, as well as an understanding of diversity and change, from both a local and global perspective.

Students will learn hands-on fieldwork techniques to collect primary information and pose and answer geographic research questions. They will learn how to interpret and analyze geographic data in a variety of forms, including maps, graphs, tables, and charts. Students will also require strong writing skills as both the external exams and the internal assessment (fieldwork report) depend upon detailed examples with higher-level thinking.

Students will explore our themes of study through current events and news articles, academic journals, case studies, films, interviews, and field research. They are expected to come to class prepared to discuss and think critically about new information and how DP Geography connects with many of the other subjects they study; biology, mathematics, chemistry, history, and especially ToK.

Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the IB Geography HL/SL grade boundaries, the IB rubrics for Internal Assessment, and the DP Geography grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on three exams (two for SL) written at the end of their second year, and on their fieldwork and written report, completed either in their first or second year.

External Assessment: 75% for SL;
80% for HL

Internal Assessment: 25% for SL;
20% for HL

Paper 1: Core Themes
1 hour 30 minutes: 25%

Field Work:

  • Collection of primary information which forms the basis of a geographical investigation. Data can be quantitative or qualitative.
  • 2500-word written report
  • 20 hours

Paper 2: Optional Themes:
2 hours: 35%

Paper 3: Global Interactions (HL Extension)
1 hour: 20%