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Theory of Knowledge


Alex Case







Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a required course for all IB Diploma candidates, is central to the educational philosophy of the IB.  It will challenge you and your teachers to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing in various areas of knowledge and to consider the role that knowledge plays in a global society.  The course encourages participants to become aware of themselves as thinkers, to become aware of the complexity of knowledge and ways of knowing, and to recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world.






1.      Develop an understanding of why critically examining knowledge claims is important.

2.      Develop a critical capacity to evaluate beliefs and knowledge claims.

3.      Make interdisciplinary connections, an example being the connection between science and ethics.

4.      Become more aware of the interpretive nature of knowledge.

5.      Consider that knowledge may place responsibilities on the knower.

6.      Develop a concern for rigor in formulating knowledge claims and intellectual history.






Besides successfully completing daily readings and accompanying activities, students are required to do the following to successfully pass TOK


1.      Write two 1200-1600 word essays (one per semester of TOK class) using the current “Prescribed TOK Titles.”  One of these essays will be sent off to IB for external assessment.

2.      You will plan and present the “Formal Presentation.”  This will also be graded according to IBO’s assessment criteria.

3.      Maintain over the course a journal/ anthology (TOKA)

4.      Participate in class discussions/spars.

5.      Attend class regularly.


A Goofy/ Smart TOK Class
Electronic Policy:


Once class starts all electronic devices, mostly concerning cell phones, need to be in pocket or backpack; out of use. If you are using the device during class then i will take it and keep it until the end of the school day. If it is the second offense I will give it to the office and you can retrieve it from there after school. On the third offense a parent must come in to retrieve your electronic device from the office.







 Course Outline:


We will follow the traditional  IB TOK cirruculum and explore the knower (the center), the Ways of Knowing and lastly, the individual Areas of Knowledge that are accessed through the ways of knowing.


1.      The Knower, YOU!  The nature and problems of knowledge

2.      Language as a way of knowing

3.      Perception as a way of knowing

4.      Reason as a way of knowing

5.      Emotion/ intuition as ways of knowing

6.  imagination, faith and memory as ways of knowing



7.      Math as an area of knowledge

8     The natural sciences as an area of knowledge

9.      The human sciences as an area of knowledge

10.      History as an area of knowledge

11.  The Arts as an area of knowledge

12.  Ethics as an area of knowledge

13.  Religion and indigenous culture as AoK







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