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TOK

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) (Click here for Course Description)

As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is composed almost entirely of questions.

The most intriguing question is, “How do you know that you know?”  Through discussions and questions such as this one, students gain greater awareness of their personal and ideological assumptions, as well as develop an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives.

TOK offers students and their teachers the opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge; and, to consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.

The TOK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600-word essay. The presentation assesses the ability of the student to apply TOK thinking to a real-life situation, while the essay takes a more conceptual starting point.

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