DP Core

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Theory of Knowledge
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Extended Essay 

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course Guide

For Graduates in 2017


TOK is a requirement for all IB DP students, it is a course meant to create connections between subjects and the nature of knowledge itself.  It is designed to help students relate what they learn in their courses to themselves and the real world they live in.   It asks students to contemplate knowledge itself.

Aims/Goals (rewritten from the TOK course guide, pg 14):

  • Make connections between the construction of knowledge, academic courses and the wider World.
  • Develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined.
  • Develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions.
  • Critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives.
  • Understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.


Course Outline:

This course covers a range of thematic topics.  They are presented here together, though the order that they will be addressed over the two years is at the discretion of the teacher.

Ways of Knowing (WoK):

There are 6 ways of knowing in TOK, the four that will be covered in depth will be:

Language Reason
Emotion Imagination


Areas of Knowledge (AoK): 

There are 8 ways of knowing in TOK, the 6 that will be covered in depth will be:

Arts  Mathematics Natural Sciences
Human Sciences  History Ethics


Knowledge Questions:

Finding and discussing Knowledge Questions is a large focus of the course – KQs integrate the WoK and AoK.  They show how concepts and ideas are connected between topics, subjects, fields, and experiences.


Essay Externally Assessed 67%
Presentation Internally Assessed, Externally Moderated 33%
  • The essay will be completed in the second year, based on that year’s topic list.
  • The presentation will be completed at the end of the first year, and is on a topic of the students’ choice.

This course, along with a student’s Extended Essay, combines to earn students a possible three “bonus” points towards their diploma standing.  Students can earn 0, 1, 2, or 3 points (in combination with the EE).  In order to receive the overall diploma though, students must receive at least a D in both EE and TOK in order to be eligible to earn the full IB Diploma.

A 3 3 2 2 Failing
B 3 2 2 1 Failing
C 2 2 1 0 Failing
D 2 1 0 0 Failing
E Failing Failing Failing Failing Failing


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