Theory of Knowledge
In Years 12 and 13 we offer Theory of Knowledge to our Sixth-Form students. Based upon the core and most distinctive component of the IB Diploma, this course encourages and develops the ability of students to question ‘knowledge’ and ‘truth’ by:
- reflecting critically on diverse ways of knowing and the methodological underpinnings of different areas of knowledge (science, religion, the arts etc.)
- considering the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world
Whilst the course is philosophical in nature (relating to the field of epistemology) its chief concern is the application of critical thinking skills to current cultural, political and scientific developments such as stem cell research, voluntary euthanasia, ecology, economics and religious radicalism, to name but a few.
The course is academically demanding and will particularly benefit those students aiming for Oxbridge and Russell Group universities where interviews are likely to test a student’s capacity for divergent and lateral thought, and awareness of the underlying methodologies and inherent assumptions upon which the applicant’s chosen subject discipline is based.
Classes of 45 minutes take place once a week. Whilst there is no examination, the course will be assessed internally based upon class contributions and the delivery of a formal presentation on a TOK themed topic. The course requires weekly preparatory reading, active participation in class discussions and an open mind.