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Theory of Knowledge

Our course combines high quality, IB-approved content focusing on the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge defined by the IB with access to all relevant materials.

What is Theory of Knowledge?

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a core component of the IB Diploma Programme; it plays an essential part in practicing the IB philosophy and inviting students to reflect on their learning. The IB defines Theory of Knowledge as “providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know”.

Benefits to students

Upon completion of course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse knowledge claims and respond to knowledge issues in the context of different areas of knowledge and Ways of Knowing
  • Express ideas accurately and honestly, using examples from their own experiences as learners and from their broader life experience


The course material conveys the theoretical foundation of essential concepts or questions, while providing an environment in which these concepts can be discussed and debated. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their learning and make regular journal entries throughout the course. There are opportunities for collaboration through the development of wikis and class projects, as well as the use of discussion forums.


Summative assessments in the form of essay or presentation occur at the end of each unit. Specific time is allotted at the end of the course to complete a final essay and presentation. Formative assessments include writing in wikis, journals and discussion forums throughout the course.


The arts
Natural sciences
Human science
Overview of ways of knowing
The essay
The presentation

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