Areas of knowledge

The TOK areas of knowledge are five different categories into which we place our knowledge of the world. Students are required to develop an understanding of all the AOKs, demonstrating their learning in the TOK exhibition.

Follow the links below to access extensive free notes on the areas of knowledge to help you take ownership of them, and be able to draw on them to create effective assessment tasks.

Explore the areas of knowledge

Click on the buttons below to take you to our extensive free notes on the five different areas of knowledge. We’ve structured our notes into both Big Questions, and the the knowledge framework, so whether you are following a conceptual approach to TOK, or a more traditional structure, you can use it to study and teach the course.

Visualizing the TOK course

The optional themes are our personal and societal affiliations which shape the way we produce and acquire knowledge.

The areas of knowledge the the ways in which we categorize ideas and concepts in order to understand and take ownership of it.

Both the themes and the AOKs help to define us as knowers, which we focus on within the core theme – knowledge and the knower – as well as looking at the different communities of knowers to which we belong.

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