TOK themes

The TOK themes are a new element to the TOK syllabus for 2022. They comprise the Core theme (Knowledge & the knower), and the Optional themes (Knowledge and indigenous societies, language, politics, religion, and technology).
If you are used to the prior syllabus for TOK (TOK 2015), you will spot quite a few similarities: The core theme draws on a lot of the old ways of knowing, and indigenous societies, language, and religion have all featured in the course previously.
Click on the links below, or use the sidebar, to take you to support for these different elements of the course.

Knowledge and the knower is the ‘core’ theme of TOK, inviting students to consider the methods used by individual knowers to acquire, verify, and use knowledge about the world.
In addition to the core theme, students study two of the optional themes of TOK in detail, choosing from indigenous societies, language, politics, religion, and technology.

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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We passionately believe that our pioneering resources for TOK are the best in the world, and enable teachers to deliver a truly life-changing experience for their students. In order to unlock all these resources, become a Full Access Member of the site, and set your whole school community up with the following features:

Revolutionary lessons for a revolutionary course

Our revolutionary BQ framework organizes the TOK course into questions, each one consisting of a series of fully resourced TOK lessons, delivered on beautifully designed Google Slides and Docs.


Learning based on the latest real-life situations

Our unique monthly TOK newsletter provides links to articles, videos, podcasts, and other media sources, and detailed suggestions on how to explore and unpack them.


The DP Integration Tool

The DP Integration Tool brings together the different elements of the DP, allowing non-TOK teachers to draw on the course to both enrich their own teaching, and provide an integrated learning experience for students.

Exploration Points

On every free content page, you’ll be able to access our Exploration Points section, with key terms and concepts to grasp, questions on the quotes and thinkers, and unpacking suggestions for the real-life situations.

Full support’s creator, Michael Dunn can always be contacted about the content of the resources. He is always reachable via email, and will get back to you quickly with a comprehensive response to whatever you are asking.

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Get in touch with us about the 2022 TOK course, our membership options, or any other aspect of TOK, using the contact form below. Find out who we are on this page, and what people have been saying about us here.

Cite this page as: Dunn, Michael. TOK themes (10 May 2020). Last accessed: 3 July 2020