Extended Essays for a core component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. A student is expected to independently research on a chosen topic of interest completing it with a 4000 world essay.
Students develop skills in:
- formulating an appropriate research question
- engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
- communicating ideas
- developing an argument.
Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge.
- The monetisation of 9/11 Attacks
A lot of research material is available on this topic. The objective of this essay is to bring out the different revenue channels exploited by US and the world at large by sensationalising this epic historic event. How this event even resulted in increased revenue for the American Visa department. How film makers, story writers, motivational speakers have successfully continued to harvest the popularity of this episode quite to the contrary of the expectations of the terrorists themselves.
- The spread of Industrial Revolution
This essay will create a map of how England’s Industrial Revolution spread across the world, and how many other countries were successfully able to Industrialize themselves, and how many continue to depend on others.
- The Great American Depression
Lessons learned and unlearned. Research one of the most intriguing topics of modern history. How this led to new revolutions in the Americas and more.
- The French Revolution
Lots of scholarly articles on this topic. Research and also relate the French Revolution to understand a possibility of occurrence of similar incidents in developing countries.
- Contributions of Mahatma Gandhi on India’s Independence.
The Mahatma is well celebrated across the world. Analyze the causes which lead to the British grant Liberty to India. Also look at contributions from others like Subhash Chandra Bose to validate and justify the real reason for the British to liberate India.
- The wars among Africa’s Tribes.
This is not just history but continues to be prevalent even today. Understand the history of African Tribes and what led to disputes among them. How the West leveraged such differences to colonize Africa and yet not be able to resolve many disputes.
- The role of LRA in Uganda’s civil unrest.
Critical assessment of LRA in shaping Uganda the way it has emerged in modern times.
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The Extended Essay is an individual project of 4000 words.
It is a chance to study a topic that interests you which is not covered by the syllabus.
It gives you a chance to study in real depth a topic that you have an interest in.
It can relate to any period and any topic within the last 10 years.
It gives you the chance to work closely with your History teacher to 'fast-track' your historical skills with one-to-one tutoring.
As such it is a great opportunity to produce a mature academic study on something that you might never again have the chance to research.
Both the IA and the EE in History award students who choose an interesting question which they research thoroughly and answer coherently through critical evaluation of evidence.
The IA is only 1500 words long; the EE is 4,000 words.
The EE requires a much heavier emphasis on the use of primary source material than the IA.
The IA is structured into specific sections; the EE is structured more flexibly.
The IA markscheme grades each section separately; the EE markscheme grades each criteria across the essay as a whole.
You will select which of your IB subjects will form the basis of your EE in the Spring Term of the first year of IB. This will usually (although not always) be one of your Higher Level subjects. The supervisor will set a series of internal deadlines and meetings for each student to ensure the completion of the study in a timely fashion.
Start by considering if there is a period / place / person / issue in history that would like to investigate further. Maybe this is something you have read a little about, watched a film about or are interested in from your other studies / hobbies. The only strict rule is that anything that happened in the past 10 years is not allowed.
The three main focuses of study tend to be focused on
- EITHER Causes of an event / situation;
- OR Consequences of an event / situation
- OR Relevance of particular evidence about an event / situation (e.g. a painting, novel, film, biography).
The following resources may help you in your quest for a topic:
- History Department Magazine collection
- History Department DVD collection
Once you have settled upon a topic, you have to then turn this into a question - a problem that your study will solve, in other words.
The following table could help you get started
|To what extent was...||[Event]|
|the most important result of...|
|How useful is...||the Novel...|
|to the historian studying...|
|How successful / significant was...||[Individual] (e.g. politician / sportsperson / entertainer / film director / etc)||in the context of...|
The following list of past Extended Essay questions from the IST will also be helpful:
- How has politics influenced Berlin's architecture over the 20th century? (Predicted 'A')
- To what extent was World War Two a catalyst for British Decolonisation? (Predicted 'B')
- How decisive was Spanish intervention in World War Two? (Graded 'A')
- How far did Nietzsche's ideas influence the Third Reich? (Graded 'B')
- How reliable is Hogarth's 'The Rake's Progress' as evidence of 18th century London? (Graded 'A')
- How and why do Historical sources disagree about the life and career of Bonnie Parker? (Graded 'B')
You are now ready to complete the Initial Proposal Sheet and hand it to your teacher.
Make sure that this is a detailed, considered proposal. Your supervisor will schedule a meeting with you to talk about how you plan to structure your essay in particular.