Theory of Knowledge 1

The TOK course, a flagship element in the IB Diploma Programme, encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself, to try to help young people make sense of what they encounter. Its core content is questions like these: What counts as knowledge? How does knowledge progress? What are its limits? Who owns knowledge? At the center of this course is the student as the knower. In TOK, IB students have the opportunity to step back from their relentless acquisition of new knowledge in order to consider knowledge issues. TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. The course encourages students to share ideas with others and to listen to and learn from what others think. In this process, students’ thinking and their understanding of knowledge as a human construction are shaped, enriched, and deepened. Connections will be made between knowledge encountered in different Diploma Programme subjects, in CAS experience, or in extended essay research; distinctions between different kinds of knowledge will be clarified. The scope of the content of Theory of Knowledge is vast and it is one of the boldest courses ever to figure in any school’s curriculum.

Course Subject
Course Number
MS300
Grade Level
Grade 11
Course Duration
Semester 2
Course Credit
0.5