Theory of Knowledge (TOK) at FKG

Nature of the subject and objectives

TOK - together with CAS and the extended essay - belongs to the core of the IB programme and is considered to be very important within the diploma syllabus. Nevertheless it might be the one subject you feel least familiar with. This is maybe due to the fact that TOK is not a subject like History or Chemistry but it is a course in which we reflect on what we consider to be knowledge in every day life as well as in individual subject areas like Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, Maths or the Arts.

Within this course you will

  • learn about fascinating subject-specific and subject-interrelated facts and ideas
  • learn how knowledge is created within different disciplines
  • learn how to question and challenge ‘facts’ and beliefs
  • become a critical thinker
  • learn to develop and defend your own position based on different perspectives and using a wide range of evidence
  • learn how human beings and societies work and how both come to make decisions
  • discuss central questions about life, the universe and everything.


Requirements and assessment

At the moment (2018) IB diploma students are not required to take a final exam. Nevertheless, passing TOK is a requirement for receiving your IB Diploma. To pass you have to successfully give a ten-minute TOK-presentation and write a satisfactory 1,600 word TOK-essay.


Example curriculum (IB19, exams May 2019)


August/September ARTS memory, emotion, intuition

October/November/December ETHICS reason


January/February/March HUMAN SCIENCES

March HISTORY language

April/May NATURAL SCIENCES sense perception

May/June RELIGION and INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE faith imagination

August/September/October TOK presentation

November/December/January/February TOK essays