Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a 100 hour critical thinking course that enables the student to reflect on how knowledge is created. At its heart, TOK enables students to answer the question 'How do we know?' This question is explored through different Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) such as Mathematics, History, the Natural and Human Sciences and the Arts, and also by examining the different ways we gain knowledge such as reason, imagination and faith. Through the consideration of different perspectives, students are encouraged to be open-minded to the views of people from different academic backgrounds, cultures and periods in history.

The course is designed to develop a range of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills. Thinking skills are developed through the examination and evaluation of knowledge claims, and communication skills are developed through essay-writing and presentations.

Together with the grade from the Extended Essay, the TOK grade is used to calculate the 3 possible bonus points awarded for the IB Diploma. These bonus points are calculated using the diploma points matrix. For the classes of 2020 and 2021, the course is assessed through a 1600 word essay on a prescribed title, worth 66% of the grade, and a presentation on a question about knowledge, and worth 33% of the final grade. For the classes of 2022 onwards, the course is assessed through a 1600 word essay on a prescribed title, worth 65% of the grade, and an exhibition illustrating the place of TOK in the real world, and worth 35% of the final grade.

Use the links in the menu at the top of the page to access more information about Theory of Knowledge, or take a look at the syllabus for the class of 2020 and 2021. The syllabus for the class of 2022 will become available early in 2020.