Welcome to the second year of the DP History program. This year we will cover some important topics for Papers 2 (SL) and 3 (HL). If you have any concerns or questions, please email me at wendy.martens@isn-nice.com
The standard level course outline is as follows:
IB History Syllabus II
Paper 2- World History Topic 5: Authoritarian States- China under Mao
This topic focuses on exploring the conditions that facilitated the rise of authoritarian states in the 20th century, as well as the methods used by parties and leaders to take and maintain power. The topic explores the emergence, consolidation and maintenance of power, including the impact of the leaders’ policies, both domestic and foreign, upon the maintenance of power.
Major themes
Consolidation and maintenance of power
  • Use of legal methods; use of force; charismatic leadership; dissemination of propaganda
  • Nature, extent and treatment of opposition
  • The impact of the success and/or failure of foreign policy on the maintenance of power
Aims and results of policies

  • Aims and impact of domestic economic, political, cultural and social policies
  • The impact of policies on women and minorities
  • Authoritarian control and the extent to which it was achieved

Paper 2-World History Topic 12: The Cold War
This topic addresses East–West relations from 1945. It aims to promote an international perspective and understanding of the origins, course and effects of the Cold War—a conflict that dominated global affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s. It includes superpower rivalry and events in all areas affected by Cold War politics such as spheres of interest, wars (proxy), alliances and interference in developing countries.
Major themes
Rivalry, mistrust and accord
• Ideological differences
• Mutual suspicion and fear
• From wartime allies to post-war enemies
Nature of the Cold War
• Ideological opposition
• Superpowers and spheres of influence
• Alliances and diplomacy in the Cold War
• Global spread of the Cold War from its European origins
Cold War policies of containment, brinkmanship, peaceful
coexistence, détente
• Role and significance of leaders from two different regions (excluding USSR and USA)
• Arms race, proliferation and limitation
• Social, cultural and economic impact
  • Cold War crises case studies: detailed study of any two Cold War crises from different regions: examination and comparison of the causes, impact and significance of the two crises
End of the Cold War
Break-up of Soviet Union: internal problems and external

In addition, the Internal Assessment (Historical Investigation), begun in the Spring, will be completed over the course of two semesters.