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IB: Theory of Knowledge

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE 1 IB
Credit: .5; One Semester; Grades 11, 12
IB diploma candidates must take this course during the second semester of their junior year. Other students may take this course either their junior or senior year.
Materials Fee: Only those students intending to seek the IB diploma or IB certificate/s will have fees.
Prerequisite: None
Course objectives: The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class is a seminar in which students have the opportunity to sharpen their critical thinking skills by reflecting on not only what they know, but also how they know. Students will develop skills which allow them to reason critically and communicate clearly both orally and in writing; to connect various ways of knowing, different areas of knowledge, and personal experiences; and to demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which knowledge is affected by judgments, beliefs and personal views. Students will discuss real world issues as a means of exploring the nature of knowledge in the various disciplines, the various ways of knowing, and the problems of knowledge. Essential to success in the class is curiosity and a willingness to be actively involved in seminar discussions.

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE 2 IB
Credit: .5; One Semester; Grades 11, 12
IB diploma candidates must take this course during the first semester of their senior year. Other students may take this course either their junior or senior year.
Materials Fee: Only those students intending to seek the IB diploma or IB certificate/s will have fees.
Prerequisite: ToK 1 is recommended for all students but required only for IB diploma candidates and IB TOK certificate candidates.
Course objectives: ToK 2 continues the curriculum of ToK 1, beginning with a review of the ways of knowing and the nature of knowledge, with a focus on the strengths and limitations of knowledge in each area of knowledge. The course will culminate with a formal oral presentation and a formal paper. Essential to success in the class is curiosity and a willingness to be actively involved in seminar discussions.