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Investigating issues

Investigating Issues

Investigating Issues offers you a completely new way to plan and teach TOK, integrates it with the rest of the DP, and supports students as they search for real-life situations to support their essays and exhibition commentaries.

The resource gathers together over 120 major global issues, provides a great collection of media sources to explore each one, and suggests ways to link them to the different elements of the TOK course, and to the 12 key concepts.

Accessing Investigating Issues

Investigating Issues is available to Full Access members of the site, but non-members can download a free sample here. We update the resource every month, by adding new media sources to the different issues.

Using Investigating Issues to create mini-depth studies

One great way of using the Investigating Issues resource is do download the individual issues as PDF documents, and create ‘mini-depth studies’.

Below you can see an example of mini-depth studies we’ve created, all from the main Investigating Issues presentations. You could potentially create 130 other mini-depth studies in the same way! Remember, we update the resource very month, so check back regularly to make sure you’re using the very latest version of the resource.

AI

Our mini-depth study on AI enables students to explore technology, the natural sciences, the arts, and knowledge & the knower, as well as various key concepts, within the context of this authentic contemporary issue.

The climate crisis

Our depth study on the climate crisis allows you to explore the natural & human sciences, indigenous societies, politics, religion, the arts, and technology, within the context of this authentic contemporary issue.

Decolonization

Our mini-depth study on decolonization enables students to explore indigenous societies, history, the natural sciences, and the arts, as well as various key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

Deep fake technology

Our mini-depth study on deep fake technology enables students to explore technology, language, technology, and the human sciences, as well as various key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

Freedom of expression

Our mini-depth study on freedom of expression enables students to explore history, the arts, and politics, as well as various key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

Gender bias

Our mini-depth study on gender bias enables students to explore knowledge & the knower, human sciences, politics, and the key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

Historical distortion

Our mini-depth study on historical distortion enables students to explore history, politcs, human sciences, and a number of the key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

NFTs

Our mini-depth study on NFTs enables students to explore the arts and technology, as well as various key concepts, within the authentic context of this contemporary issue.

Ukraine invasion

Our mini-depth study on the Ukraine invasion enables students to explore politics, human sciences, history, language, and technology, within authentic the context of this contemporary issue.

Understanding the universe

Our mini-depth study on understanding the universe enables students to explore the natural sciences, mathematics, technology, indigenous societies, and the arts, within the context of this contemporary issue.

Develop your students’ authentic critical thinking

Our in-school & online workshops are engaging, inspiring, and jargon-free, and leave TOK and non-TOK teachers with practical takeaways that they can implement easily in their classrooms.

We can help you with a wide range of issues and topics related to the TOK course, and help you turn your students into authentic critical thinkers who make sense of the world in a nuanced and objective way. Find out more and book a session here.