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Sea waves beating against a rocky shore eventually change the shapes of the rocks. Over time, the rocks in turn create new channels for the water to flow through.
In a similar fashion, the constant interaction of the mind with the world changes them both. Knowledge could be regarded as the waves, the spray, the sound and the foam that is produced whenever the heaving sea of the human mind meets the rocky shoreline of the world.
The Theory of Knowledge (ToK) component of the IB diploma is designed to provide opportunities for you to become more thoughtful and attentive observers of these waves and the shore.
In TOK, you are expected to think about how you think in different areas of life, learning and experience. These areas not only include academic subjects such as the natural and human sciences, history, mathematics and literature, but also areas of personal or collective decision-making or judgment, such as culture, morality, politics and aesthetics.
The object of this course is to make you aware of the varieties of knowledge, belief and judgment. You are expected to explore the different ways in which you construct your understandings and opinions with the materials of experience and ideas, using the tools of perception, reason, language and emotion. You are expected to be able to develop habits of sound reasoning, and the capacity to explore, express and evaluate different perspectives.
You will be expected to maintain a journal, participate in discussions, express yourselves clearly, and deal respectfully with intellectual differences. The main instruments of assessment for the IB Diploma are a digitally recorded group oral presentation on a topic chosen by the members of the group, and and an essay on a title chosen from a list published in advance by the IBO.