Theory of Knowledge

The I.B. Core

ABOUT:

The Theory of Knowledge course extends to you a cordial invitation to think, analyze and generally reflect on the knowledge you have already acquired. This reflective process primarily takes the form of a dialogue which lasts at least 110 hours. The aim of this on-going process is to examine, clarify and understand the claims that various bodies of knowledge assert.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE – TOK32IB (0.5 credit) – Grade 11

This course is required for IB diploma. Theory of Knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason, etc.) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical, etc.).  The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the I.B. Diploma Programme.  It offers students the opportunity to: reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge, and consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the culture of others and in the wider world. As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions.  The most central of these is “How do we know?”  It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretive nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised, or rejected.  TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and creditability.

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THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE – TOK42IB (0.5 credit) – Grade 12

This course is a continuation of TK32IB and is required for IB diploma.
Note: Evaluation in both levels of Theory of Knowledge will include: Participation, One essay of a minimum of 1200-1600 words which must be completed by the second year of the course, Presentations, Reaction Papers and a 4,000 word essay. Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical). The Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K.) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the I.B. Diploma Programme. It offers students the opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge, and consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world. As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is “How do we know?” It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected. TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility. In addition, it prompts students to be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge, and recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.

Read more from the teacher’s course outline here

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