Ib History Extended Essay Assessment Criteria Examples

 

Name Extended Essay Candidate Number History 2

Abstract

The Myall Creek massacre of 1838 resulted in the hanging of seven white men for the murder of Aboriginal Australians, sparking public response that diminished the legal rights of the Aboriginals. After I began investigating the case, I found that it was an anomaly in the history of the treatment of Aboriginals by the Australian courts. This investigation was carried out with the purpose of answering the question:

How did the public response to the outcome of the Myall Creek massacre trials cement the unequal treatment of Aboriginals before the law, and subsequent exclusion of Indigenous Australians from the 1901 census?

I began by noting the distinction between white colonists and Aboriginal people from the time of settlement, and the impact of this on the attitudes of the Australian courts towards Aboriginal rights. I also found that Governor George Gipps was influential in implementing new British policies on the treatment of Aboriginals and the prosecution of the murderers. The response of the colony and the media during the two trials is discussed to establish the effects they had on the outcome and the approach of the Government to Aboriginal legal rights from that time onwards. This essay is limited by the consequences of the Myall Creek massacre trials to 1901, particularly the decision of the Australian Government to exclude Aboriginals from the 1901 census. The attitudes and response of the colony at the time of the massacre and trials were determined using primary resources, including letters from Governor Gipps and newspaper articles from the time. Secondary sources were used to research the continuing issues surrounding Aboriginal legal rights. I reached the conclusion that the public response to the trials prevented the Government from establishing equality of Aboriginals, which led to the exclusion of Indigenous people from the 1901 census. Words: 299

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 can cover any historical topic of your choice from within the past 10 years.
It is supervised by your History teacher, but marked by the IB board.
It will involve an emphasis on personal research and the use of primary sources.

Click on the following headings to get guidance in choosing a question and writing your study.

After the first batch of studies are marked according to the new criteria in Summer 2018, I hope to upload some particularly good studies to this website to share with everyone.

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.

Similarities:
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.

Differences:
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:

Online archives:

Other resources:

  • 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]
[Situation]
[Development]
[Individual]
[Policy]

responsible for...

[Event]
[Situation]
[Development]
[Policy]
the most important result of...
How useful is...the Novel...
the Album...
oral testimony...
photography...
the painting...
the film...
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.

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