What were superpower relations like during the ‘Thaw’? Very good relationship Very bad relationship
The unit 3 exam Key info: 2 hour exam Two essays (there will be a choice for each) Part (a): Analytical essay [30 marks] Part (b): Source/knowledge essay (historical controversy) [40 marks]
Doing well in part (a) Before you write: Unpack the question: What’s it asking? Work out the CONCEPTUAL aspect of the question (e.g. causation, change, consequence etc..) Plan, plan, plan, BEFORE you write You have about 50 minutes to complete part (a)
Unit 3 Part A The Depth Question Advice from the chief examiner Unit 3 Part A The Depth Question
What is the Depth Question? Based on 4 designated areas: (a) the post-Stalin decade 1953-63 (b) the arms race 1949-63 (c) Sino-Soviet relations 1949-76 (d) Détente 1969-80
What is the Depth Question? On the exam paper there will be TWO Depth Questions but you are required to answer only ONE of them Your answer will be based on your own knowledge – there are NO sources
What is the Depth Question? The maximum mark for the Depth Question is 30 5 minutes planning and 50 minutes writing You should aim to write 800-1000 words
How to keep the Examiner happy Clear structure Analysis Range
What is the Depth Question? Two types of Depth Question 1.An analysis of the causes or causes and consequences of a historical event or episode 2.A judgement about the significance of a key event, individual or development
How to keep the Examiner happy Detailed own knowledge Addresses the question set An explicit judgement
How to annoy your Examiner ‘Stream of consciousness’ Topic NOT the issue Lack of supporting evidence
How to annoy your Examiner Prepared answers ‘Name-dropping’ Failure to reach a judgement
Lessons from the last exam Detailed subject knowledge Time frame Analysis not description
In summary… 1.Keep an explicit focus on the question (use the words of the Q in every paragraph) 2.Good range and depth of supporting info 3.Explicitly link supporting information back to the question 4.Make it a balanced answer 5.A good conclusion: Draw on the points you’ve made and reach a judgement. You ABSOLUTELY MUST DO THIS!
‘Between 1953 and 1961, US-Soviet relations were based on confrontation rather than coexistence.’ How far do you agree with this view? (30 marks)
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