Theory of Knowledge
The theory of knowledge class teaches students about the nature of knowledge and builds skills in critical thinking. This course is taught over three semesters during the 11th and 12th grade years.
TOK aims to make students aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or rejected. It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to:
•Reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge
•Consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
In addition, TOK prompts students to:
•Be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge
•Recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.
TOK also provides coherence for the student, by linking academic subject areas as well as transcending them. It therefore demonstrates the ways in which the student can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.