IB History of the Americas - Garibaldi Secondary



This course consists of an in depth study of the twentieth century. We will study significant world events, issues, and individuals, with special emphasis on the Americas (Canada, the United States, and Latin America). Our investigations will be carried out on two levels: firstly, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the events, their causes and their effects. Secondly, students will develop skills that allow them to look at these events from different perspectives, analyze historical documents and arguments, and express their own historical ideas fluently and confidently. It is hoped that students will value the study of history in its own right: that their studies will enrich their lives and further their insights into the world we live in, how we got here, and the problems we face. More practically, however, students will also develop skills recognized by universities and employers: how to gather, evaluate, and analyze information and how to communicate complex ideas effectively.

During the first year we will cover the first half of the twentieth century, up to the end of the Second World War. Topics will include the causes, course and consequences of the First World War, the Interwar Crisis, the rise and rule of single party states (dictatorships), the causes and effects of the Great Depression, life in the Americas during the Depression, the causes and course of the Second World War, and life in the Americas during the Second World War.

The second year of the course will cover the second half the the century – mainly the Cold War.We will focus on the causes and early history of the Cold War, survey the major events of the conflict, and conduct a study of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Closer to home, we will look in depth at the Civil Rights Movement. If time permits, we will conduct a survey of the Middle East in the twentieth century.

Students enrolled in this course are not required to take the Social Studies 11 provincial final exam. Instead, they are required to complete an in depth historical investigation on a topic of their choosing. Time will be set aside during the school year to work on this project.

Please be aware that this is a two year course. Students enrolled in the first year of the course are expected to also sign up for the second year. At the end of the second year, students will write a series of exams set out by the International Baccelaureate Organization. Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn the prestigious IB certificate in History at the Higher Level in addition to provincial course credit. Students pursuing the IB Diploma may earn up to 7 points and fulfill their Group 3 (Individuals and Societies) requirements.

Your school based mark will be determined based on the following: 40% tests and quizzes, 60% assignments and projects.