It is crucial when studying History to pay attention to the evidence presented, and to keep in mind factors such as bias and propaganda. Students are encouraged to consider the validity of different interpretations of evidence to develop a more balanced and grounded judgement.
The course is quite large and requires constant attention throughout the year. Research skills such as drawing on a wide variety of sources of evidence (such as maps, public records, political cartoons, and memoirs) are developed throughout the course. When writing, students are taught to produce focused, logical, and supported arguments.
Within each field of study, there are six topics from Irish history and six from the history of Europe and the wider world.
Students will study two topics from Irish history and two from the history of Europe and the wider world from the selected field of study.
Two topics will be prescribed for documents-based study: one from the Early Modern field of study and one from the Later Modern field of study.
Students will engage in a documents-based study of the prescribed topic from their selected field of study.
Ordinary level students follow an identical course, with a different emphasis in the way questions are asked on exam papers.
The marks are to be weighted as follows:
History is valuable as a background to studies in:
History is a also a good training for work in Administration, Management and Business. History is excellent for careers in Tourism, Government and Teaching.