History in the curriculum

This briefing provides an overview of the position of history in the curriculum in European countries which are both members of the Eurydice Network (the European Commission’s information network on education) and the OECD. It aims to answer the following questions

  • When is the study of history compulsory?
  • What is the status of history in the curriculum, e.g. is it compulsory or optional, taught as part of wider subject such as humanities or social science or as a standalone subject?
  • Does this status change during different phases of education?
  • What is actually taught?
  • Is there a clear balance between national and international history in the curriculum?