Theory of Knowledge

The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The course is an opportunity to examine what it means when we say we know something; how the justification for that knowledge varies with each academic discipline.  Each candidate must submit for external assessment an essay on one of the ten titles (topics) prescribed by IB for each examination session. The titles entail generic questions about knowledge and are interdisciplinary in nature.  Additionally, students must make one or more individual and/or small group oral presentations to the class during the course and complete a self-evaluation report. These presentations are internally assessed according to specific IB criteria and are a required component of the course. At present, Theory of Knowledge seminars occur throughout the 11th grade year for juniors anticipating completing the IB diploma and during the fall semester 7am 0-hour course for 12th grade IB diploma candidates.