The TOK prescribed essay titles have recently been published by the IB for those taking exams in May 2016:
- “In gaining knowledge, each area of knowledge uses a network of ways of knowing.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of Knowledge.
- “Knowledge within a discipline develops according to the principles of natural selection.” How useful is this metaphor?
- “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” To what extent do you agree?
- “Without application in the world, the value of knowledge is greatly diminished.” Consider this claim with respect to two areas of knowledge.
- To what extent do the concepts that we use shape the conclusions that we reach?
- “In knowledge there is always a trade-off between accuracy and simplicity.” Evaluate this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.
For support with assessment tasks and TOK essay writing, see Unit 3 in Decoding Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diplomaby Wendy Heydorn and Susan Jesudason
As part of theory of knowledge (TOK), each student chooses one essay title from six issued by International Baccalaureate®(IB).
The titles change in each examination session.
Upcoming and past questions include:
- “To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past? Consider with reference to two
- areas of knowledge.”
- “ ‘There is no reason why we cannot link facts and theories across disciplines and create a common groundwork of explanation.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?”
- “There is no such thing as a neutral question. Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.”
- “ ‘The task of history is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.’ To what extent are history and one other area of knowledge successful in this task?”
Students also take part in a presentation, which can be done individually or in a group of up to three people.
Further guidance on the TOK essay and presentation can be found in the IB’s online curriculum centre (OCC).
Materials in the OCC are only available to existing IB World Schools. These materials are free.
There are a number of resources on TOK in the IB Store, which are available to everyone.
Find out how to become an IB World School.