IB Diploma Requirement
IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGEGrades: 11, 12Length: 3 semestersRequirements:
Credit: Elective creditPrerequisite: Must be IB Diploma student or partial program studentGraded: Conventional, Weighted
- Fulfills IB Diploma
- Meets 2 days per week semester 1, 4 days per week semester 2, and 2 days per week semester 3
- Candidate or partial program requirement
From the Theory of Knowledge Guide published by the Inter- national Baccalaureate Organization, November 2008: The TOK course, a flagship element in the Diploma Programme, encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself, to try to help young people make sense of what they encounter. Its core content is questions like these: What counts as knowledge? How does it grow? What are its limits? Who owns knowledge? What is the value of knowledge? What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge? . . .
The aims of the TOK course are to:
- develop a fascination with the richness of knowledge as a human endeavor, and an understanding of the empowerment that follows from reflecting upon it
- develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, critically examined, evaluated and renewed, by communities and individuals
- encourage students to reflect on their experiences as learners, in everyday life and in the Diploma Programme, and to make connections between academic disciplines and between thoughts, feelings and actions
- encourage an interest in the diversity of ways of thinking and ways of living of individuals and communities, and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions, including participants’ own encourage consideration of the responsibilities originating from the relationship between knowledge, the community and the individual as citizen of the world.
Having followed the TOK course, students should be able to:
- analyze critically knowledge claims, their underlying assumptions and their implications, generate questions, explanations, conjectures, hypotheses, alternative ideas and possible solutions in response to knowledge issues concerning areas of knowledge, ways of knowing and students’ own experience as learners demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives on knowledge issues
- draw links and make effective comparisons between different approaches to knowledge issues that derive from areas of knowledge, ways of knowing, theoretical positions and cultural values
- demonstrate an ability to give a personal, self-aware response to a knowledge issue formulate and communicate ideas clearly with due regard foraccuracy and academic honesty.