History – Modern World History IGCSE – Edexcel 4HI1
Twentieth century events have shaped our world and have an effect on our lives today. In the GCSE history course you will study four twentieth century international history options through a variety of sources, from political speeches to newspaper cartoons. We also make extensive use of excellent archive videos and DVDs.
This syllabus gives you the opportunity to study history in outline and in depth. The course is focused on the key events which shaped the twentieth century world; the key themes feature a study of politics, the economy, individuals and social change across the world. History will continue to be a subject which will make you think for yourself and one where independent study habits will be encouraged. It will help you to make more sense of the world in which you live!
How will I be assessed? Your final grade is based around 2 examination papers, each of 90 minutes in length. Each paper is divided into two sections. There is no coursework element. This is something you should think about when you make your options choices. The new specification is graded on a 9-1 scale. Examination Units
A Study in Change: Conflict, Crisis and Change: China, c1900 -89
A Depth Study: A Divided Union. Civil Rights in the USA, 1945 -1974
A Depth Study: Russia: Dictatorship and Conflict in the USSR, 1924 -1953
A historical investigation: The Cause and Course of World War 1, 1905-1918
Is this the course for me? The course will help you develop a range of skills which will help you investigate and form judgements about events of the past. You will learn to evaluate and analyse evidence from the past and develop the skills to communicate your own ideas effectively.
The skills you learn during Years 7 - 9 will be developed and extended. The course will require you to cover a substantial amount of private study reading but you will be given time and support in class to help you with this.
Post 16 Pathways The study of history allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the modern world; from recent economic crises to the major current geo-political issues that challenge world leaders today. Historians also develop skills of enquiry, debate and presentation and go into jobs like journalism, business, law, politics, the media; they have the power to solve problems, not just identify them! History is therefore a very well respected subject by universities and will be a positive addition to any application. For Further Information: Please see Ms Nichola Giddings, Head of History