Course: THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
Level: 11-12th Grade
Instructor: Mr. David N. Chung
“Theory of Knowledge is the key element in the educational philosophy of the IB;
its purpose is to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experiences acquired both inside and outside the classroom, to evaluate the bases of knowledge and experiences, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on critical examination of evidence and argument.”
-International Baccalaureate Subject Guide
As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions.
The most central of these is "How do we know?"
It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.
TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.
How is knowledge…
Students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge…
Quarter 1: Introduction & “Arguments” | Internal Assessment
Quarter 2: “Methods” | Internal Assessment | Extended Essay
Quarter 3: “Stories” | External Assessment | Extended Essay
Quarter 4: “Purposes” | External Assessment | Extended Essay
Unit X: “Known Unknowns”
Classwork & homework policy:
1 All assignments are due at the very beginning of class.
Any work submitted after that will be counted as late.
Deadlines for online assignments will be posted on the Google Classroom, per assignment.
2 Late work will be accepted with the following penalty: 25% deduction if it is ONE day late unless otherwise specified.
3 Make-up work is only for excused absences.
Grades for the class are based on course work and the internal assessment.
Grading will be based on a point system and rubrics; however some assignments will be holistically evaluated.
A passing score on the Theory of Knowledge Assessments is a requirement of the IB Diploma.
A = 90 -100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = 0 - 59%
Participation, both in class and online, is an essential part of our seminars and collaboration.
The IB Internal Assessment is an in-class oral presentation during second semester.
This presentation will be graded according to the International Baccalaureate rubric and will be submitted to the IB.
External Assessment (Scored by IBO)
The IB External Assessment is an essay that will be written during the first semester of each IB student’s senior year. The second semester final for this class is a practice external assessment that will be graded according to the International Baccalaureate rubric.
Essays are the primary form of assessment in Theory of Knowledge.
Students will respond to various prompts over the course of both semesters in preparation for the external assessment.
The final for both semesters will also be an essay assessment.
These may include in class assignments and activities such debates, Socratic Seminars, presentations, group activities, or anything related to the successful completion of the Extended Essay.
These projects will also include individual and group projects to be completed at home. Projects may include research
components outside of class.
IB candidates (THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE) will be able to:
IB candidates (EXTENDED ESSAY) will be able to: