History 4285 is an International Baccalaureate course that is completed after IB European History 3285. Both courses form the IB Higher Level Diploma history syllabus taught as part of the IB Diploma Program at Holy Heart Regional High School. Students are required to study one prescribed subject, two 20th century world history topics, one regional option (Europe), and one historical investigation (2000 words). This study is completed over two years with students writing three IB papers (exams) in May of the second year of study. Listed below are the major topics and themes for IB 4285:
1. THE USSR UNDER STALIN, 1924-1941 (Paper 1/Prescribed Subject)
2. 20th CENTURY HISTORY (Paper 2)
Topic 1 – Causes, Practices and Effects of War
War was a major feature of the 20the century. In this topic various types of war will be identified, and the causes, nature, effects and results will be studied. Themes are as follows:
Topic 2 – The Rise and Rule of Single Party States
The 20th century produced many single party states. The origins, ideology, form of government, organization, nature and impact of these states will be studied. Focus areas are:
3. SELECTED EUROPEAN HISTORY THEMES (Paper 3)
*Note: Themes from 1789 to 1900 are studied in European History 3285.
Students receive two marks on evaluation: one mark (1 to 7) for IB performance and one mark (%) for provincial performance.
International Baccalaureate Mark
Written IB Exams