Examples of TOK presentations
Here are some presentations that Diploma students have produced during recent exam sessions, to give you some idea of what can work as a TOK presentation (obviously you should find your own RLS and KQ). Included is the title of the presentation, the central real life situation, and related knowledge question. Note that the students then broke down this knowledge question into subsidiary knowledge questions, which are not included here.
Most of the real life situations were taken from the theoryofknowledge.net Facebook page. This is probably your best source for stories if you’re not sure what you’d like to focus on in your presentation. All the presentations ended up being very successful. To find out more about the real life situations, click on the link.
Building Bridges with Language
Real life situation: Arabic to be made mandatory in all Israeli school
Knowledge question: To what extent does language shape thought and behaviour?
Freedom or Knowledge?
Real life situation: The Wikileaks disclosures about Western governments’ foreign policy
Knowledge question: Who should decide about the amount of knowledge accessible to the general population?
Sourcing our Food
Real life situation: Monsanto and genetically engineered food
Knowledge question: Who should decide on the part played by natural science in our lives?
Real life situation: President Obama allowing a Muslim community centre to be built near Ground Zero
Knowledge question: Should there be a limit to multicultural tolerance?
Art and its Audience
Real life situation: Joshua Bell busking in New York City
Knowledge question: To what extent does context inform the way we interact with the arts?
Prime Time News
Real life situation: The Manila tourist bus hijacking
Knowledge question: Has the news become entertainment and what are the implications of this?
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