History at the European schools is taught in L2. The main aim of the course is to develop skills and Historical understanding of Europe and the World.

Students of history come to appreciate the relative nature of historical knowledge. Each generation produces history that reflects its own preoccupations and the new evidence that becomes available. History offers opportunities for empathetic understanding, but also develops the capacity for critical distance. It requires students to make comparisons between similar and dissimilar solutions to common human situations, whether they are political, economic, social or cultural. It invites comparisons between, but not judgments of, different cultures, political systems and national traditions.

Course principles

From S4 to S7, students develop the following skills:

  • An understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations
  • An understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past.
  • An understanding of the impact of historical developments at national, European and global levels.
  • An awareness of one’s own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures
  • An ability to understand, express and discuss historical ideas and concepts in a foreign language (L2).

The learning and teaching of history are based on following didactic principles:

  • Approach: the different areas of the pupil´s learning are integrated.
  • Active learning: pupils become responsible for their own learning process.

Course objectives

Students gradually develop their skills and knowledge from S4 to S7.

Learning objectives are common to the four years:

  • The gathering and sorting of historical evidence.
  • The evaluation of historical evidence.
  • Recognizing and understanding historical processes and their relationships to human experience, activity and motivation.
  • Organizing and expressing historical ideas and information.

The themes are different each year:

  • In S4, history of Europe and the world from the beginnings of the Middle Ages to the 17th century, and the theme(s) chosen by the teacher.
  • In S5, history of Europe and the world from the 17th century to 1914, and the theme(s) chosen by the teacher.
  • In S6, European history up to 1945, and several themes chosen by the teacher, from those proposed by the syllabus.
  • In S7, European history post 1945 and other themes of the syllabus.

Teachers Team 2019-2020

Teacher Courses Languages
BEYER de RYKE Benoît S5, S7 FR
FERY René (Coordinator) S4, S5, S7 FR
MÜCK Fabian S5, S7 DE
NICOLAIDIS Dimitri S4, S6, S7 EN et FR
O’SHEA Nadia S4, S5, S6, S7 EN
RYDSA Berit S4, S5, S6, S7 EN
THOMAS Agnès S6, S7 EN
URBANEK Lori S4, S5, S6, S7 EN
WHELAN Aoife S4, S5, S6, S7 EN


Syllabuses and Descriptors (Official Docs)

(The descriptors are in the syllabuses)

Course title or description Document Link


History S4-S5 https://www.eursc.eu/Syllabuses/2016-09-D-21-de-3.pdf



History S6-S7 (2 and 4 periods) https://www.eursc.eu/Syllabuses/2013-01-D-35-de-5.pdf