Students are given opportunities to:
- Contemplate upon the experience and knowledge that they have gained and to challenge their soundness
- Realize that there are limits on the certainty of knowledge in all areas
- Recognize their own biases and those of others
- Expand personal thinking and the practice of critical evaluation and evidence as represented in discerning arguments
- Explore the variance of worldviews and their connection to beliefs
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course that is taken by the student during the junior and senior years of their program. It is a discussion based course that concentrates on the following topics:
(a) knowledge, belief, and reality
(b) knowledge and the inherent roles of thought and language
(c) the principles of sound reasoning
(d) systems of knowledge – mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history
(e) values and judgments – moral, political, aesthetic
(f) knowledge and truth
TOK requires students to:
- complete an externally assessed essay (one essay of a maximum of 1,600 words on a prescribed title).
- prepare a TOK exhibition. The exhibition is an internal assessment component; it is marked by the teacher and is externally moderated by the IB.