ib sl syllabus draft by Glmz5fX

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									Class: Ms. Beukema, IB SL 20th Century History
Contact: Melissa.beukema@mpls.k12.mn.us; 612.668.3400 (prefer e-mail)
Room: 320
Help: Drop-in hours to be announced or by appointment

IB SL Description & Purpose
The one-year IB History Standard Level course is a modified version of the two-year IB History
Higher Level sequence. It provides students with a condensed study of the twentieth century
through intensive development of skills and content knowledge. This course differs from the
other IB History courses not only in length, but also in topic. While all of the topics consider
the Cold War, this is the only course to also go in depth analyzing the creation and function of
democratic governments and the USSR and China’s differing responses to anti-Communist
pressure from 1976-1991.

The IB History SL course prepares students for a shorter version of the IB History Exam in the
spring, which includes two sessions of timed test-taking and one analytical essay highlighting
the student’s ability to conduct historical research. Students will participate in a variety of
activities, but should expect the majority of time to be spent reading, writing, and discussing
methodology and significant historical events and patterns. Finally, students should expect
to spend 5-10 hours/week on homework! Through this work, students are prepared for the
critical thinking, research, reading, and writing that is expected in college and often in the
professional world.

Initial Class Rules
     Miller PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination, Excellence)
     Ask Questions (falls under Determination)
     Don’t Plagiarize (falls under Integrity)

Grading
Grading follows the traditional scale where 90%+ is an A, 80%+ is B, etc. The following
represent the approximate percentage of the points awarded during the grading period:

    Unit Tests & Quizzes – 20%                             Homework (reading checks,
    Miller PRIDE – 10%                                 projects, mini-assessments) – 20%
    Class Work – 15%                                       IB Internal Assessment – 20%
    Discussion – 15%

Internal Assessment
The Internal Assessment is the in-depth research project that all IB History HL1 and SL students
complete during the spring (although work is done throughout the year). Its purpose is to provide
students with an opportunity to delve deeply into a topic of their interest from the entire 20th
Century. Students choose their own topic and craft a question that identifies their primary concern
with that topic (with approval from the teacher), find and review available sources, gather and
analyze evidence, draw conclusions and draft and refine a written summary of the topic in a
methodical, step-by-step process. The Internal Assessment counts towards both your course grade

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   and the requirements for your successful completion of the IB program. Graded originals and IB
   rubrics will be returned to the students and copies of each will be given to the Department Chair
   for submission to the IBO.

   Materials [MANDATORY – Please purchase extra if your budget allows for those students
   who need assistance]
    Planner (ok to be shared with other classes)
    5-section spiral notebook with pockets (just for this class)
    Folder OR accordion file (just for this class)
    Pens, pencils, highlighters (ok to be shared with other classes)
    Supplementary Text: Son of the Revolution by Liang Heng (available on Amazon for as little as $4
   for a used copy including shipping – unfortunately only 1 copy is available in the Hennepin County
   Library System)
    Index cards (any style ok – just for this class)
    Optional: Flash drive (otherwise use Google Docs)

   Late & Redo Work Policies
    Will be marked late unless you have discussed the situation with me BEFORE the assignment is
   due.
    Will be dropped a ½ letter grade for each day it’s late to a minimum grade of a D- if all
   assignment components are complete.
    All late work must be turned in 1 week before the grading period ends in order to be counted.
    Papers can be rewritten and tests may be retaken one time
   (NOTE: Per IBO rules, Internal Assessment Cannot be Rewritten)
    Rewritten Papers Must be Emailed to Me With Tracked Changes [Example] or turned in with the
   original paper.

Course Outline
Included below are the topics that we will cover in this course, roughly following 1st – 3rd quarters
with 4th quarter being primarily devoted to review and test preparation.

Quarter 1 – Democratic States, Challenges & Responses in the 20th Century:
                                               Case Studies
     Weimar Germany, 1919 – 1933
     India, 1947 – 1964
     The United States, 1953 – 1973
     South Africa, 1991 – 2000
                            Topics (covered in each of the above case studies)
     Structure (government bodies, constitutions, parties and interest groups)
     Political, Economic, & Social Challenges (wealth distribution, civil rights, religion, gender,
political extremism, etc.)
     Political, Social, & Economic Policies precipitating and responding to challenges




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Quarter 2 – The Cold War, 1945 – 1991:
                                            Themes
    Origins of the Cold War
          o Yalta & Potsdam Conferences
          o Truman & Stalin (Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, NATO; Warsaw Pact, COMECON)
    Nature of the Cold War
          o U.S. & Soviet Policies
          o Sino-Soviet Relations
          o U.S. – Chinese Relations
                   Mao & Nixon
    Development & Impact of the Cold War
          o East Germany
          o Congo
          o Korea
          o Cuba (Castro & Kennedy)
          o Vietnam
          o Middle East
          o Afghanistan
    End of the Cold War
          o Gorbachev & Reagan

Quarter 3 - Communism in Crisis, 1976-1991:
                                    Key Periods in China & USSR
   Struggle for power after the death of Mao Zedong
        Hua Guofeng
        Gang of Four
        Deng Xiaoping
   China under Deng Xiaoping
        The Four Modernizations
        Economic Policies
        Political Changes
        Tiananmen Square
   Brezhnev Era
        Afghanistan
        Economic & Political Stagnation
   Gorbachev
        Glasnost
        Perestroika
        Effects on Soviet State
        Effects abroad
               o Poland & Solidarity
               o Czechoslovakia & the Velvet Revolution
               o Berlin & the fall of the Wall



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