DP Individuals & Societies Year 2 (12th)

Group 3 aims

The aims of all subjects in group 3, individuals and societies are to:

  1. encourage the systematic and critical study of: human experience and behaviour; physical, economic and social environments; the history and development of social and cultural institutions
  2. develop in the student the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society
  3. enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypotheses and interpret complex data and source material
  4. promote the appreciation of the way in which learning is relevant to both the culture in which the student lives, and the culture of other societies
  5. develop an awareness in the student that human attitudes and opinions are widely diverse and that a study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity
  6. enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and that their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.

History aims

The aims of the history course at SL and HL are to:

  1. promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  2. encourage an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past
  3. encourage an understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, regional and international levels
  4. develop an awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures.

Assessment Outline History HL


Assessment Component


External assessment (5 hours)


Paper 1 (1 hour) Yr. 2 Material


Route 1: Two prescribed subjects, Route 2: Three prescribed subjects

Four short-answer/structured questions

Assessment objectives: 1–3

(25 marks)

Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes) Yr. 2 Material


Routes 1 and 2: Five topics

Two extended-response questions

Assessment objectives 1–4

(40 marks)

Paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes)       Yr. 1 material


Three extended-response questions

Assessment objectives 1–4

(60 marks)

Internal assessment Yr. 2 Material

Historical investigation on any area of the syllabus

Approximately 20 hours

Assessment objectives 1–4

(25 marks)


Diana Munoz,
Sep 11, 2014, 4:15 PM