TOK Syllabus
Inderkum High School
rweaver@natomasunified.org
Course Description *
Theory of knowledge (TOK) plays a special role in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions.The most central of these is "How do we know?", while other questions include:What counts as evidence for X?How do we judge which is the best model of Y?What does theory Z mean in the real world?Through discussions of these and other questions, students gain greater awareness of their personal and ideological assumptions, as well as developing an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives.
Course Materials *
Students will need 1) TOK textbook, 2) a notebook, 3) computer access, and 4) a school google account with working email
Class Rule *
Do not disrupt the learning environment of any person. Persons are you, others, and the teacher. You must follow the District Acceptable Use Policy at all times when on the computer.
Make up Policy *
The IB Make Up Policy can be found @ https://goo.gl/Mgjnsq
Assessment of TOK *
The TOK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600 word essay.The presentation assesses the ability of the student to apply TOK thinking to a real-life situation, while the essay takes a more conceptual starting point.For example, the essay may ask students to discuss the claim that the methodologies used to produce knowledge depend on the use to which that knowledge will be used.
IB Phone Policy *
Unless directed to do so, phones, smart watches, etc. must be kept in backpacks/purses/bags or in the area designated by the teacher during instructional time. When allowed, you must be using your devices only for the designated purpose. Any student found with any unapproved data-capable device not in a bag or designated area during an assessment will receive a zero for that assessment, and the incident will be addressed under the Academic Honesty Policy.
Excessive Absences *
Per the Administration Regulation AR 5121(d) -"Teachers who choose to withhold class credit because of excessive unexcused absences shall so inform the students and parents/guardians of such a possibility at the beginning of the school year or semester." Consider this being informed. Excessive absences may result in no credit. IB also requires a minimum number of hours in order to obtain credit.
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