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Fee: ManageBac fee (TBD ~$20). If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

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: IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK) examines the assumptions, concepts, and problems underlying the basic disciplines of history, mathematics, language, 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 also introduce and provide support for the Extended Essay (EE) and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) as required for the IB Diploma.


  • Reading and comprehension
  • Understanding philosophical ideas
  • Developing one's own philosophical knowledge
  • Constructing and supporting a complex argument

Junior Diploma candidates will cover topics such as the nature of the mind, ethics, ways of knowing, and the nature of language and thought.

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. Diploma candidates will be discussing, journaling, and blogging to support their IB TOK learning.

Equipment to be provided by Student: None

Note: Both IB Theory of Knowledge 1 AND SST663 - IB Theory of Knowledge 2 must be completed in 11th and 12th grades to qualify for the IB Diploma.