Theory of Knowledge

The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The Theory of Knowledge course is in part intended to encourage students to reflect on the huge cultural shifts worldwide around the digital revolution and the information economy. The extent and impact of the changes vary greatly in different parts of the world, but everywhere their implications for knowledge are profound. Theory of Knowledge encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and aims to help young people make sense of that they encounter. Its core content focuses on questions such as the following:

  • What counts as knowledge?
  • How does it grow?
  • What are its limits?
  • Who owns know ledge?
  • What is the value of knowledge?
  • What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge?

TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge questions. The course encourages students to share ideas with others and to listen and learn from what others think. In this process students' thinking and their understanding of knowledge as a human construction are shaped, enriched and deepened. Connections may be made between knowledge encountered in different Diploma Programme subjects, in CAS experiences or in extended essay research; distinctions between different kinds of knowledge may be clarified.

Together, the EE and TOK combine together to avail students of a possible 3 bonus points as part of their Diploma. The following matrix demonstrates how the two work together.

The TOK Essay Titles have been released for the class of May 2019. All IB Diploma candidates must complete a 1600 word response to one of the six prescribed titles. Which of the six titles would you choose?

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