This course is based on instilling an understanding of history through analysis, contextualisation and investigation. The selection of the twentieth century as the core course meets the increasing interest of students in the contemporary world. At the same time, it is a sound foundation for training students to understand the nature of historical evidence, to develop the capacity to evaluate evidence and to readjust historical views in light of that evidence. Finally, it aims to promote the acquisition and understanding of historical knowledge in breadth and depth, and across different cultures. Students who have participated in this course are left with a lasting interest in History.
- The History of Tsarist Russia 1855 – 1917.
- Causes, consequences and technology of World War 1.
- Study of Germany under Bismarck 1870 – 1890 and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- Rise and rule of Mao Tse-Tung 1921-1976.
- The rise and rule of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini.
- The Cold War focusing on the Korean Conflict, the Middle East Conflict and the relationship between Kruschev and Kennedy.
- A detailed study of The Arab Israeli conflict 1949-present day.
- develop a global perspective and a sense of world interdependence
- understand the interrelationship between people, place and the environment
- develop a concern for the quality of the environment and an understanding of the need to plan and manage for future generations
- appreciate the relevance of Geography in analysing contemporary world issues
- A core theme – looking at the links between population, resources and development. The issues studied are based upon current day problems, such as poverty, migration and sustainable development, at local, national and global level.
- An option theme – looking at drainage basins and their management, globalisation, topographic maps and coasts and their management.
- An internal assessment – based upon a field trip either locally or abroad.