Alongside the core and optional themes, the 2022 TOK course includes five ‘areas of knowledge’. Students should aim to develop a detailed familiarity with all of them, and be prepared to demonstrate this within the essay.
The areas of knowledge are broad categories into which we place our understanding of the world. Although each one deals with a different form of knowledge, they all comprise a diverse range of fields, and there is plenty of overlapping between them. So the first point to grasp is that the areas of knowledge do not exist in isolation.
We consider the optional themes via six ‘Big Questions’, which provide us with a framework to make sense of this part of the course, and link it to the other elements of the course – the core theme, and the optional themes. Clink on the BQ images below to access a huge amount of free content, including quotes, notes, and media sources relevant to each BQ.
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The 2022 TOK syllabus
Here’s our diagram for the 2022 TOK syllabus, indicating the nature of the different aspects of the course, and suggesting the relationship that exists between the core theme, optional themes, and the areas of knowledge.
Feel free to print out and display the diagram on your classroom wall – it should help to prompt some discussions with your students about why TOK is structured in this way, how the different elements interlink, and the reasons for the changes and additions made to the course.
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