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Theory Of Knowledge TOK. ALS 2009-2010. IB Hexagon. Nature of the Subject. The TOK challenges students and their teachers to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, and to consider the role which knowledge plays in a global society.

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nature of the subject
Nature of the Subject
  • The TOK challenges students and their teachers to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, and to consider the role which knowledge plays in a global society.
  • It encourages students to become aware of themselves as thinkers, to become aware of the complexity of knowledge, and to recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world.
nature of the subject1
Nature of the Subject
  • The TOK programme is composed almost entirely of questions.
  • The most central of these questions is ‘How do I, or how do we, know that a given assertion is true, or a given judgment is well grounded?’
  • The questions have been grouped into four broad categories: Knowers and Knowing, Ways of Knowing, Areas of Knowledge and Linking Questions.
ways of knowing and areas of knowledge
Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge
  • Language and Emotions
  • History
    • Methods of data collection
    • Validity of sources
    • Uniqueness as a body of knowledge
    • Objectivity vs subjectivity
  • Develop a fascination with the richness of knowledge, and an understanding of the empowerment that follows from reflecting on it
  • Develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, critically examined, evaluated and renewed, by communities and individuals
  • develop an understanding of why critically examining knowledge claims is important
  • develop a critical capacity to evaluate beliefs and knowledge claims
  • make interdisciplinary connections
  • consider that knowledge may place responsibilities on the knower
  • understand the strengths and limitations of individual and cultural perspectives
knowers and knowing
Knowers and Knowing
  • Knowers and Knowing
    • Nature of Knowing
    • Knowers and Sources of Knowledge
    • Justification of Knowledge Claims
ways of knowing
Ways of Knowing
  • Perception
    • Nature of Perception
    • Limitations of Perception
  • Language
    • Nature of Language
    • Language and Knowledge
    • Functions of Language
    • Language and Culture
ways of knowing1
Ways of Knowing
  • Reason
    • Nature of Reason
    • Reason and Knowledge
    • Strengths and Weaknesses of Reason
  • Emotion
    • Nature of Emotion
    • Emotion and Knowledge
areas of knowledge
Areas of Knowledge
  • Mathematics
    • Definition of Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Reality
    • Mathematics and Knowledge Claims
areas of knowledge1
Areas of Knowledge
  • Natural Sciences
    • Definition of the Natural Sciences
    • Natural Sciences: Methods of Gaining Knowledge
    • Natural Sciences and Knowledge Claims
    • Natural Sciences and Values
    • Natural Sciences and Technology
areas of knowledge2
Areas of Knowledge
  • Human Sciences
    • Definition of the Human Sciences
    • Human Sciences: Methods of Gaining Knowledge
    • Human Sciences and Knowledge Claims
    • Human Sciences and Values
areas of knowledge3
Areas of Knowledge
  • History
    • Definition of History
    • History: Methods for Gaining Knowledge
    • History and Knowledge Claims
    • History and Values
areas of knowledge4
Areas of Knowledge
  • The Arts
    • Definition of the Arts
    • The Arts: Methods of Gaining Knowledge
    • The Arts and Knowledge Claims
    • The Arts and Values
    • The Arts and Knowledge Perspectives
areas of knowledge5
Areas of Knowledge
  • Ethics
    • Definition of Ethics
    • Ethics: Methods of Gaining Knowledge and Knowledge Claims
    • Ethics and Values
    • Ethics and Technology
    • Ethics and Knowledge Perspectives
    • Ethics and Politics
tok points
TOK Points
  • TOK Points
    • Points awarded for:
    • External Assessment: the Essay (1,200-1,600 words) on a Prescribed Title (40 points)
    • Internal Assessment: the Presentation (approximately 10 minutes per student) (20 points)
    • both are combined to give a total out of 60.
sample assessment topics
Sample Assessment Topics
  • A sample Essay Title:
    • “We see and understand things not as they are but as we are.” Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing.
  • Sample Presentation Topics:
    • Plastic surgery
    • Banning of videogames 
    • Media and society