IB Core Requirements

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Encourages students to develop an approach to learning that goes beyond the traditional areas of academics and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

One of its key goals is to spark critical thinking about knowledge itself and help students make sense of the knowledge that they acquire.

A few of the main questions:

  • 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?

Theory of knowledge activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. The course encourages students to share ideas with others, listen to and learn from what others think.

Theory of Knowledge Essay Prescribed Titles 2022:

 

  1. Can there be knowledge that is independent of culture? Discuss with reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge.
  2. To what extent do you agree with the claim that “there’s a world of difference between truth and facts” (Maya Angelou)? Answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.
  3. Is there solid justification for regarding knowledge in the natural sciences more highly than knowledge in another area of knowledge? Discuss with reference to the natural sciences and one other area of knowledge.
  4. How do historians and human scientists give knowledge meaning through the telling of stories? Discuss with reference to history and the human sciences.
  5. How can we distinguish between good and bad interpretations? Discuss with reference to the arts and one other area of knowledge.
  6. If we conclude that there is some knowledge we should not pursue on ethical grounds, how can we determine the boundaries of acceptable investigation within an area of knowledge? Discuss with reference to two areas of knowledge.