History is the study of life in the past. IGCSE History is designed to give students a basic understanding of History, providing a wide range of international topics and issues of the 20th century, as well as looking in greater depth at the history of a particular region or regions.
The IGCSE course does not only require students to memorise information, but in addition, the programme aims to develop the student’s historical skills and knowledge of the past.
The course lasts for two years and will cover the 20th Century Core Content and one in-depth study of the USA from 1919-1941.
The Core Content of the course will cover some of the following topic areas: The 20th century and international relations since 1919, i.e. the lead up to the First World War and its causes; were the peace treaties of 1919-23 fair; the extent to which the League of Nations was a success; the reasons why international peace had collapsed by 1939; the Cold War and the effectiveness of the USA’s attempt to contain the spread of Communism; the extent of the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe from 1948-1989 and the effectiveness of the United Nations Organization since its inception.
Students will also cover one in-depth study which will be the USA from 1919-1941. The in-depth study will cover in detail important key points of early- and mid-20th century America such as the extent of the US economy’s boom in the 1920’s; changes in US society in the 1920’s; the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash and how successful the New Deal was.