The IB History HL class is an in-depth study of selected events of the 20th century. It is a two year course. The first year of the course focuses on the 20th century in United States and Canadian. The primary units covered include the Great Depression, 20th century political developments and trends, as well as an in-depth look at civil rights and social movements of the two countries. While the United States and Canada are the main focus of the units, an international outlook is emphasized. The second year of the course focuses on both the Americas, and a second region, Europe.
Students also complete a History Internal Assessment during the first year of the course. This is a student driven 2,200 word research paper with a historical topic of their choice. The research question developed must be at least ten years in the past. Research and technical writing skills necessary for collegiate success are developed through this process. Students are exposed to collegiate databases, libraries, and to collegiate level citation expectations.