Theory of Knowledge is a core component of the IB Diploma. TOK promotes intellectual curiosity through critical thinking and reflection about what we know.
Although TOK is not a philosophy course. It draws on aspects of epistemology in a very practical way. Mainly in developing critical thinking and analytical skills in preparation for university study.
TOK involves 100 teaching hours. TOK and the Extended Essay (EE) contribute up to 3 points towards the IB Diploma score.
The benefits of Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
The TOK programme enables students to:
- Explore different ways of knowing and consider knowledge questions
- Reflect critically on approaches and methods of gaining knowledge
- Make connections between different subjects areas. Explore the way knowledge is produced across disciplines. Consider similarities and differences in History, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts
- Become open-minded ‘thinkers’ and ‘inquirers’ around beliefs and opinions; develop IB Learner Profile attributes
- Reflect on life situations with awareness of when assumptions and biases are influencing what we think we know
- Develop academic skills through formal essay writing and internally assessed exhibition.