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History

As a History student, you will embark on a journey into the past, beginning with the Cold War and its implications on the global community. Guided by your teachers, engage in contemporary issues such as the successes of China and Japan in the global economy; understand religious fundamentalism, its causes, and impact on regional security. Delve also into the rich history of Southeast Asia with your peers, discovering the region’s past, and discussing its various challenges.

Skills

The CJC History programme aims to develop: 
  • The ability to understand and acquire a sound knowledge of selected periods or themes
  • The ability to gain an understanding of historical concepts such as change and continuity
  • The ability to explain the interplay of cause and effect of historical events
  • The ability to appreciate the nature and the variety of historical sources and understand the methods used by historians
  • The ability to grasp the diverse approaches to and interpretations of historical issues 
  • The ability to think independently and make informed judgement of issues
  • The ability to develop empathy with people living in diverse places and at different times

Curriculum

H1 History Themes (8814)


International History, 1945-2000
1.1 The Cold War and How It Shaped the World
1.2 The Development of the Global Economy
1.3 Conflict and Cooperation


H2 History Themes (9752)


Paper 1: Shaping the International Order (1945 - 2000)


Theme 1: Understanding the Cold War, 1945-1991

  • Emergence of Bipolarity after WWII
  • A World Divided by the Cold War
  • End of Bipolarity

Overview of the Theme:

In this theme, students will study the global economy, which was in dire straits after the devastation of WWII. The fear of capitalist economies falling to a resurgent communist USSR also impacted developments in the global economy after WWII. Consequently, the theme focuses on the period of global economic growth as a result of the prominent role initially played by the USA and later by Western Europe and Japan. In addition, the theme will examine the various problems that affected the global economy from the 1970s onwards. Students will also learn about the success of two Asian Tigers, South Korea and Taiwan, in transforming their economies from the 1970s at a time when several other countries outside the region were still trying to overcome the problems faced by the global economy. 

Theme 2: Understanding the Global Economy
  • Growth and Problems in the Global Economy
  • Rise of Asian Tigers (South Korea and Taiwan) from the 1970s to 1990s

Overview of the Theme:
In this theme, students will study the global economy, which was in dire straits after the devastation of WWII. The fear of capitalist economies falling to a resurgent communist USSR also impacted developments in the global economy after WWII. Consequently, the theme focuses on the period of global economic growth as a result of the prominent role initially played by the USA and later by Western Europe and Japan. In addition, the theme will examine the various problems that affected the global economy from the 1970s onwards. Students will also learn about the success of two Asian Tigers, South Korea and Taiwan, in transforming their economies from the 1970s at a time when several other countries outside the region were still trying to overcome the problems faced by the global economy


Theme 3: Safeguarding International Peace and Security
  • Formation of the United Nations
  • Political Effectiveness of the United Nations in Maintaining International Peace and Security. 
  • UN Reforms

Overview of the Theme:
In this theme, students will examine the efforts taken by nation-states to forge genuine international cooperation beyond narrow alliances. They will also analyse the challenges of building a cohesive community of nation-states regardless of ideology, beliefs, or national wealth. Furthermore, they will learn how the United Nations has evolved over the years in its efforts to remain relevant in its role to safeguard international peace and security.

Paper 2: Making of Independent Southeast Asia (Independence – 2000)


Theme 1: Search for Political Stability
  • Approaches to Governance
  • Approaches to National Unity 

Overview of the Theme:
In this theme, students examine the struggles of the young nations of independent Southeast Asia in establishing stable governments. By analyzing governments’ attempts to develop their respective counties, this study seeks to provide a balanced understanding of the process of maintaining domestic political stability, which was not always smooth. At the same time, students will realise that other forces and actors, both domestic and foreign, have played an important role in the evolution of post-independence regional political landscape. Students will also gain insights into and evaluate the states’ approaches to governance as well as creating national unity.

Theme 2: Economic Development after Independence
  • Paths to Economic Development
  • Asian Financial Crisis

Overview of the Theme: 
In this theme, students will examine the varied approaches to economic development undertaken by Southeast Asian governments and their impact on the economy and people. Students will gain an in-depth view of the different sectors, both government and non-state, developed after independence that served as drivers of economic growth. Attention will also be given to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 as a turning point in Southeast Asia’s economic development, with students understanding the reasons behind the crisis and the national and regional efforts undertaken to manage its impact. 

Theme 3: Regional Conflicts and Cooperation
  • Inter-State Tensions and Cooperation 
  • ASEAN

Overview of the Theme: 
In this theme, students will examine how tensions between nation-states in Southeast Asia have contributed to regional conflicts. Such tensions have also provided the impetus for, or challenged the efforts in regional cooperation. By examining the development of ASEAN, students study how inter-state relations evolved, where conflicts between the nation-states were tempered by efforts at regional cooperation. They will also examine whether ASEAN’s efforts at promoting regional peace and security, as well as economic cooperation, have strengthened confidence-building in the region. 
 

Assessment

H1 History (8814)


International History, 1945-2000 (100%)
  • Section A: 1 Source-based Study on The Political Effectiveness of the United Nations (25 marks) 
  • Section B: Select 3 out of 5 Essay Questions (25 marks each) 
  • Duration: 3 hr 

H2 History (9751)


Shaping the International Order (50%)
  • Section A: 1 Source-based Study on Theme 1 (40 marks) 
  • Section B: Essay Questions on Theme 2 and Theme 3 (30 marks each) 
  • Duration: 3 hr 

Making of Independent Southeast Asia, Independance - 2000 (50%) 
  • Section A: 1 Source-based Study on Theme 3 (40 marks) 
  • Section B: Essay Questions on Theme 1 and Theme 2 (30 marks each) 
  • Duration: 3 hr 

H3 History

The H3 History syllabus is developed on the assumption that candidates have knowledge and understanding of History at H2 level. It is pitched at a level higher than that of the H2 History syllabus. It builds on the competencies acquired in H2 History and requires candidates to demonstrate historical knowledge in greater depth and breadth. The aims and assessment objectives are an extension of those stated in the H2 History syllabus. The proposed curriculum time for H3 History is approximately 120 hours, which is between half to two-thirds of the curriculum time for H2 History.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about the CJC History programme? 
Quintessential History is a signature programme at CJC. A competition for the JC2 History classes, Quintessential History allows students to express and apply historical content and skills taught in the classrooms through a variety of creative platforms.

The department will also be organising trips in and out of Singapore, which includes a visit to the Internal Security Department (ISD) Heritage Centre for JC2 students, exploring the challenges past and present, to our national stability and security.