Some of you might have heard about one of the courses that we offer in the Diploma Programme, known as TOK. What is this? How does it impact my child? What do they learn? Is it Philosophy?
The Theory of Knowledge course or TOK is a course that looks at how we know what we know. It is required for all full diploma students and it looks in depth at how we acquire knowledge. With this course students will analyze different areas of their studies and how this is fact. With this students will look at the ways of knowing (WOKs) and the areas of knowledge (AOKs). This is not Philosophy but rather helping our students question and critically analyze how they know what they know.
Throughout the Diploma Programme students will have to prepare for a TOK presentation and a final TOK essay.
Some of the questions that have been asked in D1 TOK already are:
· If the universe is really infinite, how can we claim to know anything?
· Does 1+1 still equal 2 in cultures that are anumeric?
· Can “things exactly as they are” ever be objective?
Some of the past TOK Essay questions have been:
“None of us is as smart as all of us” (Eric Schmidt). Discuss the extent to which you agree with this claim with reference to personal and shared knowledge.
“A map is only useful if it simplifies things.” To what extent does this apply to knowledge?
To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past? Consider with reference to two areas of knowledge.
“All knowledge depends on the recognition of patterns and anomalies.” Consider the extent to which you agree with this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.
“The possession of knowledge confers privilege.” To what extent is this an accurate claim?
To what extent do ways of knowing prevent us from deluding ourselves? Justify your answer with reference to at least one area of knowledge.
If you have any other questions about TOK or would like to join a class, please contact Ms. Arora or myself.
Thank you and I hope this has helped you understand TOK,
Diploma Co-ordinator, Arusha campus