OCR History B Schools History Project J411 (first examination 2018)
Thematic Study: People’s Health 1250-2000
This thematic study should enable students to understand changes and continuities in public health in Britain from c.1250 to the present. The study should reveal wider changes in aspects of society over the centuries, allowing students to understand the most significant characteristics of different ages and to make comparisons between different periods of history. The first bullet point in each period requires students to develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristic features of each period. Students should be able to identify and describe events, situations and developments in the history of public health in Britain. They should understand the diverse views and experiences of different groups of people in Britain.
Three issues will be addressed consistently throughout the study:
- The impact of living conditions on people’s health
- The response to epidemics
- Attempts to improve public health
British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest 1066-1087
This depth study should enable students to understand the complexity of the Norman Conquest and the interplay of political, military, religious, economic, social and cultural forces in England between 1065 and 1087. Students should be able to identify and describe the main features of late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman England and should develop an understanding of the diverse lives and experiences of Saxons and Normans during this turning point in English history. The study should enable students to understand how and why different interpretations of Norman England have been constructed. In particular, they should understand what lies behind the myth of ‘the Norman Yoke’ and should consider the extent to which the myth is a reflection of reality. A range of written and visual interpretations should be studied, including academic, educational, popular and fictional interpretations.
History Around Us
Studying the history around them has much to offer students. It provides a valuable approach to studying history, and helps them to find a connection with people’s lives in the past. For many students, the study of an historical site can be the beginning of an interest in the historic environment that will continue into adult life.
Students will visit a local site and investigate its role in local history. They will then use this visit to answer questions on an exam.
Period Study: America 1789 – 1900
This period study follows the unfolding narrative of the making of America from the inauguration of the first president in 1789 to the end of the nineteenth century when the USA was set to become the world’s dominant power. Students will need to understand how and why American territory expanded during these years and the relationship between this expansion and the cultures of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans.
Students should be able to identify, describe and explain events, situations and developments relating to these three cultures and the conflicts that arose between 1789 and 1900.
World Depth Study Living under Nazi Rule 1933-1945 (from 2017 studied in Year 9)
This world depth study should enable students to understand the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on people’s lives both within Germany and across occupied Europe. It explores the interplay of political, economic, social, racial and cultural forces at work in these societies.
Students should be able to identify and describe the main features of the period and should develop an understanding of the diverse lives and experiences of people during this traumatic time. Students will not be required to demonstrate an understanding of the events of the Second World War other than ones which relate directly to the identified issues.
The study should enable students to engage with a range of historical sources that shed light on people’s experiences of living under Nazi rule. It should also enable students to understand different interpretations of aspects of life under Nazi rule.