Diploma History at NIS


Welcome to DP History at Nanjing International School!

From the IB DP History Course Guide History Guide 2020:

“History is a dynamic, contested, evidence-based discipline that involves an exciting engagement with the past. It is a rigorous intellectual discipline, focused around key historical concepts such as change, causation and significance.

History is an exploratory subject that fosters a sense of inquiry. It is also an interpretive discipline, allowing opportunity for engagement with multiple perspectives and a plurality of opinions. Study history develops an understanding of the past, which leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and the world today.”

KEY CONCEPTS: Change ~ Continuity ~ Causation ~ Consequence ~ Significance ~ Perspectives

Syllabus Outline

Paper 1: The Document Paper (SL/HL)

NIS has chosen to do Prescribed subject 3: The move to global war:

Case Study 1: German and Italian expansion (1933-1940)

Case Study 2: Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931-1941)

Paper 2: World History Essay Paper (SL/HL)

All students must study two of several available “Topics”.   We have chosen to cover:

Topic 10 – Authoritarian States (Germany – Hitler, China – Mao)

Topic 12 – The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries

These topics will be assessed through Paper 2 of the DP History examination for all DP History students.

Paper 3: History of Asia and Oceania Essay Paper (HL only)

Higher Level students must do one additional paper covering another topic option.  This is the Paper 3 HL Examination.  Specifically, we will focus on East Asia choosing to cover the following topics:

12: China and Korea (1910-1950)

14: The People’s Republic of China (1949-2005)

15: Cold War Conflicts in Asia


Semester 1 Grade 11
World War I – Treaty of Versailles – Interwar Years
Italy: Mussolini’s Rise to Power, Maintenance of Power, and policies
Germany: Hitler’s Rise to Power, Maintenance of Power, and policies

Semester 2 Grade 11
Imperial Decline in Japan
Post-WWI Japan
Japanese Expansion
World War II

Internal Assessment Introduced

Semester 1 Grade 12
Rise and Rule Chinese Nationalism
Rise of Chinese Communism
Chinese Civil War
Mao’s Rise to Power, Maintenance of Power and Policies
China 1956-2005
Internal Assessment Submission

Semester 2 Grade 12

Cold War conflicts in Asia
Malayan Emergency
Korean War
Vietnam and Vietnam War


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