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Investigating issues

Investigating Issues

Investigating Issues offers you a completely new way to plan and teach TOK, integrate it with the rest of the DP, and support 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 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 contemporary issue.

Covid & the arts

Our mini-depth study on Covid and the arts enables students to explore the arts, knowledge & the knower, the natural sciences and the human sciences, within the context of this 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 context of this contemporary issue.

Fake news

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

Historical adaptations

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

Indigenous languages under threat

Our mini-depth study on indigenous languages under threat enables students to explore indigenous societies, language, politics, and technology, within the context of this contemporary issue.

#MeToo

Our mini-depth study on #MeToo enables students to explore knowledge & the knower, language, the arts, and history, as well as various key concepts, within the context of this contemporary issue.

Street art

Our mini-depth study on street art enables students to explore the arts, language, politics, and the human sciences, as well as various key concepts, within the context of this contemporary issue.

Ukraine invasion

Our mini-depth study on the Ukraine invasion enables students to explore human sciences, history, knowledge & the knower, language, technology, and politics within 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.

Set up a real-world issues workshop

Amongst the many topics we explore on our workshops is how to draw on the news both to create fantastic TOK classes, and integrate the course with the rest of the DP. We can run for these workshops for TOK or non-TOK teachers, or for students.

Set up either an in-school or online workshop, and unlock the full potential of TOK to offer a brilliant, engaging, integrated learning experience for both your teachers and students.