The IB Core

In addition to passing their subject examinations, all IB Diploma students have to fulfil three core requirements.

1. The Extended Essay: a research essay of up to 4000 words in a subject of a student's choice (usually one of the subjects that are taking)

2. Theory of Knowledge: a course which gets students to think about the 'nature' and the 'limitations' of knowledge focusing on the key question, 'How do we know?'

3. Creativity, action, service (CAS): students participate in a range of creative, physical, intellectual activities which allow them to develop skills outside of the classroom and academic work to become responsible members of their community.

CAS and History

CAS can support and enhance what goes on in the history classroom.See below for some suggestions of how students can gain CAS hours in the history department and at the same time develop their own historical...

Extended Essay

The Extended essay is a 2,000 - 4,000 word in-depth study on a subject and topic of the student’s choice. Students choose to do an Extended Essay in one area of their DP – this ideally should be in...

Theory of Knowledge

Below are some suggested activities to get students thinking about wider historical, TOK issues. These can be used in the history class or part of the TOK history programme. There are also some subject...

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History/TOK in the news 25 November 2020

Photo by Philip Strong on UnsplashIn the UK there is currently much discussion over Series 4 of The Crown, which follows...
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'Fake history is fake news entrenched' (Nov 2020) 24 November 2020

In the UK there is currently much discussion over Series 4 of The Crown, which follows the lives of the UK Royal Family...
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Should scientists use Eduard Pernkopf's anatomy book? September 2019 17 September 2019

Eduard Pernkopf's anatomy book, often called Pernkopf's Atlas, provides doctors with detailed drawings of the human body...
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Are conspiracy theories dangerous? (July 2019) 13 August 2019

July 2019 sees the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 moon landings. This was an amazing achievement - the culmination of the...
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What is the role of professional historians? (August 2019) 11 August 2019

Discuss in pairs any professional historians that you know of from your own country. What do they write about? Why are they...
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If we remove statues, are we 'erasing history'? (August 2017) 20 July 2019

A hot debate at the moment in the US is the issue of removing statues of people who are associated with a repressive regime,...
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