ToK classes are primarily discussion-based. Key topics explored include ‘Areas of Knowledge’ such as the natural sciences, the human sciences, mathematics, history and the arts.
There is also a consideration of the theme knowledge and the knower, as well as optional themes which include language, politics, technology, religion and indigenous societies.
Internal assessment of the course comprises class discussion and an exhibition where students choose three objects to address a prompt in 950 words. At the end of their second year, students write a 1600 word essay, choosing one of six titles as their external assessment.