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 2024
1. Is subjectivity overly celebrated in the arts but unfairly condemned in history? Discuss with reference to the arts and history.
2. How can we reconcile the opposing demands for specialization and generalization in the production of knowledge? Discuss with reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge.
3. Nothing is more exciting than fresh ideas, so why are areas of knowledge often so slow to adopt them? Discuss with reference to the human sciences and one other area of knowledge.
4. Do we underestimate the challenges of taking knowledge out of its original context and transferring it to a different context? Discuss with reference to two areas of knowledge.
5. Do we need custodians of knowledge? Discuss with reference to two areas of knowledge.
6. Are we too quick to assume that the most recent evidence is inevitably the strongest? Discuss with reference to the natural sciences and one other area of knowledge.