Theory of Knowledge

Course Start Date: Available to both May and November Sessions

Duration: 53 Weeks

Online Course

Our course combines high quality, IB-approved content focusing on the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge defined by the IB with access to all relevant materials.

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”.

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


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. There are opportunities for collaboration through the development of wikis and class projects, as well as the use of blogs and discussion forums.

Content calendar

Preparation time for the essay and presentation is included.

Weeks 1 – 6:Introduction
Weeks 7 – 12:The Arts
Weeks 13 – 18:Mathematics
Weeks 19 – 24:History
Weeks 25 – 30:Ethics
Weeks 31 – 36:Natural Sciences
Weeks 37 – 42:Human Science
Weeks 43, 45, 46:Overview of Ways of Knowing
Weeks 44, 47 – 49:The Essay
Weeks 50 – 53:The Presentation


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 presentation. Formative assessments include writing in blogs, journals and discussion forums throughout the course.