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IB History SL1: 20th Century History

IB History SL1: 20th Century History



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Course syllabus for IB History SL (first year).
Course syllabus for IB History SL (first year).

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IB History SL1: 20th Century History 
Table of Contents
Instructor 2Important Links & Information 2Course Profile 2 Areas of Study 2
The Arab–Israeli conflict 1945 
79 3 Internal Assessment 3The Cold War 3Causes, practices and effects of wars 4
Charles Gleek, M.A.Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Instructor of GeopoliticsThe North Broward Preparatory SchoolOffice Hours: I am generally available outside of class from 7.45-8.15 and 3.30-4.00 each day.However, my obligations as Department Chair, Assistant Varsity Boys Soccer Coach, and otherleadership responsibilities here at North Broward require me to serve the NBPS community inother ways during these times. Consequently, it is
strongly encouraged 
that students email meto make an appointment.
Important Links & Information
Course calendar:http://bit.ly/14YZ2s My website:http://gleektopia.wordpress.com
/Research and Writing Tools:http://gleektopia.wordpress.com/tools/Follow me on Twitter:http://twitter.com/Gleektopia My personal email:cgleek@mac.com My Google Voice phone number: 561.865.6276My NBPS email:gleekc@nbps.orgMy NBPS voicemail: 954.237.0011 x234
Course Profile
“History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing andinterpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that givespeople an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past andpresent. Students of history should learnhow the discipline works. It is an exploratory subjectthat poses questions without providing definitive answers. In order to understand the past,students must engage withit both through exposure to primary historical sources and throughthe work of historians. Historical study invol ves both selection and interpretation of data andcritical evaluation of it. Students of history should appreciatethe relative nature of historicalknowledge and understanding, as each generation reflects its own world andpreoccupationsand as more evidence emerges. A study of history both requires and develops an individual’sunderstanding of, and empathy for, people living in other periods and contexts.”
 Areas of Study 
Students will engage in the in-depth study of both a prescribed subject as well as two optionaltopics during the first year of the course. When combined with the remaining three topics in thesecond-year of this SL course, these topics satisfy the IBO requirements to sit for the SL portionof the examination.
from the IB History Syllabus
The Arab–Israeli conflict 1945
(40 Hours: 24 August to 25 November)
This prescribed subject addresses the development of the Arab–Israeli conflict from 1945 to1979. It also requires consideration of the role of outside powers in the conflict either aspromoters of tension or mediators in attempts to lessen tensions in the region. The prescribedsubject requires study of the political, economic and social issues behind the dispute and thespecific causes and consequences of the military clashes between 1948
9 and 1973. The natureand extent of social and economic developments within the disputed territory of Palestine/Israel within the period and their impact on the populations should also be studied. The end date forthe prescribed subject is 1979 with the signing of the Egyptian–Israeli peace agreement. Areas on which the source-based questions will focus are:last years of the British Mandate; UNSCOP partition plan and the outbreak of civil warBritish withdrawal; establishment of Israel; Arab response and 1948/49 wardemographic shifts: the Palestinian diaspora 1947 onwards; Jewish immigration and theeconomic development of the Israeli stateSuez Crisis of 1956: role of Britain, France, the United States, the USSR, Israel and theUNOArabism and Zionism; emergence of the PLOSix Day War of 1967 and the October War of 1973: causes, course and consequencesrole of the United States, USSR and UNOCamp David and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Agreement
Internal Assessment
(20 Hours: 30 November to 4 January)
The Internal Assessment (IA) is a significant component of both the IB History course structure,as well as the holistic approach knowledge within the entire IB program. Students will producea piece of original, historiographic research based on a research question that pertains to the Arab-Israeli conflict between the periods of 1945-79. More detailed information about thisresearch assignment will provided during the term.
The Cold War
(45 Hours: 4 January to 5 February)
This topic addresses East–West relations from 1945. It aims to promote an internationalperspective and understanding of the origins, course and effects of the Cold War—a conflict thatdominated global affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s. It includessuperpower 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
Origins of the Cold WarIdeological differencesMutual suspicion and fearFrom wartime allies to post-war enemiesNature of the Cold WarIdeological oppositionSuperpowers and spheres of influenceAlliances and diplomacy in the Cold War

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