Theory of Knowledge

The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question "how do you know?" in a variety of contexts, and to see the value of that question. This allows students to develop an enduring fascination with the richness of knowledge. Specifically, the aims of the TOK course are for students to:

  1. Make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  2. Develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
  3. Develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
  4. Critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives. Understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.
  5. Understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.

Expectations of students studying TOK:

TOK is compulsory for all students taking the diploma programme. Together with the Extended Essay there are 3 diploma points to be had. There is no division of HL and SL and no required MYP scores.

  • Discussions, group work and active participation in classes
  • Keep an on going journal in which they record examples of knowledge issues and questions from
  • their own reading, in the media and in their subject courses
  • Timely completion of presentations in preparation for the final presentation
  • Timely completion of essays in preparation for the final essay.

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