IB Diploma

Theory of Knowledge

10 Units 187 Lessons 2 Years

Course structure

The course is being updated for September 2020 to reflect the requirements of the revised IB syllabus (first examinations May 2022).

  • Updated Area of Knowledge units to reflect the updated subject guide
  • New units on two of the optional themes: Language and Technology (we do not explicitly cover the other optional themes but they may be touched upon during the other parts of the course)
  • Updated content supporting the external assessment; the Essay
  • New content relating to the new internal assessment; the Exhibition

The new course covers the following:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Theory of Knowledge
  • The Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology


Year 2

  • Language
  • Human Sciences
  • Knowledge and the Knower
  • The Essay
  • The Exhibition


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”.



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. The global online classroom naturally presents opportunities for collaboration through the development of wikis and class projects, and the participation in live lessons and discussion forums. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning and make regular journal entries throughout the course.



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

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


Content calendar

This course follows the same calendar as other Pamoja Taught courses but finishes early in Year 2 (at week 53) to allow for timely submission of the essay and completion of the exhibition.

Preparation time for the essay and exhibition is included within the course.

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Year 1


Year 2


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