IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE An Overview TOK COURSE Student as the knower Encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself Opportunity to step back from the relentless acquisition of new knowledge Encourages students to share ideas with others Understanding of knowledge as a human construct AIMS Designed to enable students to: develop a fascination with the richness of knowledge as a human endeavour, and an understanding of the empowerment that follows from reflecting upon it; develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, critically examined, evaluated and renewed by communities and individuals; encourage students to reflect on their experiences as learner, in everyday life and in the their studies, and to make connections between academic disciplines and between thoughts, feeling and actions; AIMS (continued) encourage an interest in the diversity of ways of thinking and ways of living of individuals and communities, and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions, including participants’ own; encourage consideration of the responsibilities originating from the relationship between knowledge, the community and the individual as citizen of the world. REQUIREMENTS 100 hours over two years. IB Final Assessment in Year 12: 1. Oral Presentation on a contemporary issue chosen by the student: internally marked – 20 marks 2. Essay chosen from an IB prescribed list of questions: externally marked – 40 marks WAYS OF KNOWING Sense perception Language Reason Emotion SENSE PERCEPTION Nature of sense perception Limitations Influence of culture, language and beliefs Role in various areas of knowledge LANGUAGE Nature of language Language and culture Language and thought Language and knowledge Language and areas of knowledge Does the language we use affect our understanding of the world or the past? How important are technical terms? REASON Nature of reason Reason and knowledge Does all knowledge require some kind of rational basis? Strengths and weaknesses of reason EMOTION Nature of emotion Can we ever know anything purely through emotions? How do emotions interact with reason, sense perception an language? Emotion and knowledge Does the role of emotion vary across the different areas of knowledge? AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE Mathematics Natural Sciences Human Sciences History The Arts Ethics Mathematics Natural Sciences Human Sciences History 1. Nature of History 2. Methods of Gaining Knowledge 3. History and Knowledge Claims 4. History and Values The Arts Ethics LINKING QUESTIONS Belief Certainty Culture Evidence Experience Explanation Interpretation Intuition Technology Truth Values KNOWLEDGE ISSUES, KNOWERS AND KNOWING Nature of knowing Knowledge communities Knowers and sources of knowledge Justification of knowledge claims Theory of Knowledge: Presentation Structure Other Real-Life Situation Real-Life Situation Other Real-Life Situation extraction Knowledge Issue Knowledge Issue(s) (recognized) progression (developed) CLASS ACTIVITIES Class discussions, debates and seminars Student presentations and group activities Reading feature articles, texts, plays, novels and biography Guest speakers Videos Role play Reflective writing and the maintenance of an on-going journal Written exercises and essays TINTERN TOK CAMP Compulsory three day camp at the commencement of Term 1 each year. Aims : 1. Provide for Year 11 students a general introduction to TOK; 2. Complete a variety of sessions on a TOK Area of Knowledge; 3. Focus Year 12 students on the assessment requirements; 4. Promote close working relationships between all IB students.
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