Knowledge and politics

Knowledge and politics

Within this section, you’ll find free and premium content to help you take ownership of knowledge & politics, and help you to draw on it to create a great TOK exhibition.

Follow the links below to access quotes, knowledge questions, real-world issues, and key ideas and thinkers related to this optional theme.

Explore knowledge & politics

Explore knowledge & politics by clicking on the images below to take you to a huge amount of content to help you understand this optional theme. We’ve divided each page by both Big Question and by the different aspects of 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.

Quotes on politics

These quotes will kick-start your exploration of politics, and help you reflect on your own understanding of this optional theme. Which quotes do you find the most and least insightful? How do the quotes interlink this theme with other aspects of TOK? Decide for yourself here.

Politics knowledge questions

Knowledge questions help to drive the TOK course, providing us with the opportunity to discuss, explore, and sometimes argue about the way we acquire, use, and evaluate our understanding of the world. Check out the knowledge questions for politics here.

Real-world issues about politics

These real-world issues will help you to explore knowledge questions, analyse the latest events and issues related to this optional theme, and apply TOK terms, ideas, and concepts to authentic situations. Discover the real-world issues about politics here.

Key thinkers on politics

The ideas of these brilliant thinkers have shaped the way we understand the world, will help you take ownership of TOK, and which you can draw in your exhibition commentary. Meet our key thinkers for knowledge & politics here.

Receive regular updates about politics

Our free TOK newsletter provides you with monthly news stories related to TOK, enabling you to explore politics and the other optional themes within an authentic context, and understand how TOK concepts manifest in the world around us. Subscribe here.

How does the TOK course fit together?

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 them.

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.

Exploration points

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