Fee: IB evaluation fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students should be able to analyze and synthesize information to construct written and oral arguments. IB diploma candidates must take this course.

General Description: Theory of Knowledge examines the assumptions, concepts, and problems underlying the basic disciplines of history, mathematics, language and physical and social sciences, and the arts, and provides students with an elementary understanding of the interrelationships among those disciplines. In this class, students will inquire into the ways one has constructed knowledge, the ways one judges the value of knowledge, the ways knowledge is conveyed, and the relationship between knowledge and values.

**This course will fulfill IB requirements for IB diploma candidates. IB Junior diploma candidates must complete 20 hours of Theory of Knowledge over the course of their junior year to meet IB concurrency of learning requirements. During these 20 hours Extended Essay and CAS will be introduced and supported.

Content:

  • Reading comprehension and analysis of philosophical texts
  • Understanding philosophical ideas
  • Developing one’s own philosophical knowledge
  • Constructing and supporting a complex argument
  • Junior diploma candidates will cover topics such as how we define history and science, the nature of the mind, ethics, ways of knowing, and the nature of language.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of: Socratic seminars, student-led discussions, reading challenging texts, student presentations, individual research and interviews. Students will also learn by creating presentations, constructing examples of art, written history and scientific knowledge. Junior diploma candidates will be discussing, journaling and blogging to support their TOK learning.

Equipment to be provided by student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended