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09 IB Theory of Knowledge

    IB Theory of Knowledge, Year 1

    Grade: 11, Semester 2   Length: First of 2 semesters   Credit: 0.5       

    Prerequisite: None

    Homework: Written Homework is Moderate. Thinking Homework is Heavy

    Core requirement for all IB Diploma students;, available to non-IBDP students on request

    For TOK course specifics: is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyse knowledge claims and to explore knowledge questions. A knowledge claim is the assertion that “I/we know X” or “I/we know how to Y”, or a statement about knowledge; a knowledge question is an open question about knowledge.  The focus in the first semester of the IB Theory of Knowledge course is to begin to examine the two parts of TOK: Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) and Ways Knowing (WOKs) - what we know and how we know it.

    IB Theory of Knowledge, Year 2

    Grade: 12, Semester 1   Length: Second of 2 semesters   Credit: 0.5     

    Prerequisite: IB Theory of Knowledge, Year 1

    Homework:Written Homework is Moderate. Thinking Homework is Heavy

    The focus in Year 2 of the IB Theory of Knowledge course is to continue the examination of AOKs and WOKs. . Building on the introduction in Year 1, the students will complete their study of the (4 of the 8) Areas of Knowledge and (4 of the 8) Ways of Knowing. They will also prepare their oral TOK Presentation which requires them to identify the knowledge questions raised by a substantive real life situation that is of interest to them. The course culminates in the production of the TOK Essay on a prescribed title which requires each student to select and respond to one of 6 titles provided by the IB. This forms the largest component of the final IB grade for the course as there are no exams for Theory of Knowledge.


    TOK Presentation - can be done individually or in a group, with a maximum group size of three. Approximately 10 minutes per presenter should be allowed, up to a maximum of approximately 30 minutes per group. Scored 0-10 points……………………….33%


    TOK Essay on a Prescribed Title - one title chosen from a list of six titles prescribed by the IB. The maximum length for the essay is 1,600 words. Scored 0-10 points…………………………………………………………………………………………………………....67%

    Creativity, Activity, Service

    Grades: 11-12 Length: 4 semesters   Credit: Successful Completion Required for IB Diploma

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    CAS is at the very heart of the IB Diploma. It aims to complement the academic demands of the course and allows each individual to improve as a complete and well-rounded human being.

    The CAS program is an essential part of any IB (International Baccalaureate) Programme. It allows students to focus on specific skills that they want to enhance and reflect on their experiences. CAS activities should continue on a regular basis for as long as possible throughout the program, and certainly for at least 18 months.

    Extended Essay

    Grades: 11-12 Length: 2 semesters   Credit: Successful Completion Required for IB Diploma

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    The extended essay is a compulsory, externally assessed piece of independent research into a topic chosen by the student and presented as a formal piece of academic writing. The extended essay is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity while engaging students in personal research. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing of up to 4,000 words in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned, coherent and appropriate manner. (IB Subject Brief)


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