Theory of Knowledge
Theory of Knowledge Faculty
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Knowing about knowing
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. It is a core element which all Diploma Programme students undertake during both years of the Programme. TOK and the Diploma Programme subjects support each other in the sense that they reference each other and share some common goals. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions. A knowledge claim is the assertion that “I/we know X” or “I/we know how to Y”, or a statement about knowledge; a knowledge question is an open question about knowledge. In addition, a distinction between shared knowledge and personal knowledge is presented to help students explore the nature of knowledge.
Themes in Theory of Knowledge
- Core Theme: Knowledge and the Knower
- Knowledge and Technology
- Knowledge and Religion
- Knowledge and Politics
Areas of Knowledge Explored
- the Human Sciences
- the Natural Sciences
- the Arts
Theory of Knowledge is organized around 7 Essential Questions
- How do we become knowers about the world?
- What is the relationshipo between our values and what we know?
- How is our understanding framed by the way we communicate?
- How do our perspectives and biases shape our knowledge about the world?
- How is new knowledge about the world created?
- How do we become discerning knowers?
- What responsibilities come with knowing?
IB Diploma Programme | Theory of knowledge guide (2015)