Answering the Case Study Question

ANSWERING CASE STUDY QUESTIONS – HIGHER LEVEL

THE CASE STUDIES

The case Studies have been taken from Europe Retreat from Empire 1945-1990
They may be any ONE of the following:

• The British Withdrawal from India 1945-1947
• The Secessation of Katanga 1960-1965
• Race Relations in France in the 1980′s

CASE STUDY: 100 marks
Here is the weighting that is given to the various types of questions:

• Comprehension: 20 marks
• Comparison: 20 marks
• Criticism: 20 marks
• Contextualisation: 40 marks

Comprehension: This question may be sub-divided into 3 or 4 parts. It is designed to test your understanding of a source.

Comparison: The question may be divided into two parts. This is designed to test with your ability to compare and contrast two different sources which deal with the same event You might be asked to detect bias, selectivity etc.

Criticism: This question may be divided into two parts. You may be required to study the document as a source and to recognise propaganda, different viewpoints, contradiction, objectivity etc. You might be asked to assess reliability, usefulness etc.

Contextualisation: This is worth the most marks and here you are expected to use your knowledge of the topic to show an understanding of the issues and events associated with those issues. Here the advice seems to be to make whatever information you give relevant to the question. The examiner in this section will mark according to paragraph or paragraph equivalents. He will give a cumulative mark (Max = 24) for two paragraphs or paragraph equivalents. The emphasis is not on quantity but quality – relevance, focus and knowledge.

Marks will be awarded as follows:
CM: 2 x paragraphs @ max 12 = 24

Excellent: 11-12 marks
Very good: 8-10 marks
Good: 6-7 marks
Fair: 4-5 marks
Inadequate: 3 marks or less.
The cumulative mark will be given according to the quality and range of the material that is used. You should definitely aim to include relevant, accurate and substantial factual information.

There is also the Overall evaluation mark.
The maximum OE mark is 16
OE: 13-16 = very good/excellent
9-12 = very good/good
5-7 = fair
1-4 = weak.
The overall evaluation mark is given according to how concisely and correctly the candidate deals with the set question and how well he/she shows a command of the case study and its context in the wider scheme of the Topic.

N.B. THIS 60:40 SPLIT IN THE PROPORTION OF THE MARKS IS THE SAME FOR THE ESSAY QUESTIONS.
i.e. 60% = cumulative mark and the marking is by paragraph. 40%= overall evaluation.

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