Real life situations for emotion

Real life situations for emotion

Although the ‘heart’ of TOK is the concept of the knowledge question, you will explore these questions – in both the essay and the presentation – via real life situations. These can be either experiences that you have had yourself (in DP lessons, during CAS projects, and events that have happened outside the school), or issues that you’ve read about that are going on in the world right now.
Good real life situations should be engaging, up-to-date, original, and lead on naturally to questions about knowledge. They should also relate to one or more ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. Finally, they should also be relevant to one of our 8 Big Questions. This is our framework for the exploration of the TOK course, and acts as another lens (along with the WOKs and AOKs) through which to view and understand what’s going on in the world.
Our newsletter for TOK provides up-to-date real life situations. You can subscribe to the free version of this, giving you access to 8 new RLSs every month, here. If you’d like to receive the premium newsletter, giving you access to 15 RLSs in depth, and 5 further ‘quick’ RLSs, then choose one of our membership options. Below we’ve picked out a few examples of the sort of real life situations for emotion that have featured in the newsletter; note that in the premium newsletter, we also provide an outline of the RLS, more KQs, and a guide for how to analyse each story in more detail.
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1. Group delusions

Big Question Representing reality
AoKs/WoKs Reason, intuition, emotion
Possible KQ Do we base our understanding of the world on facts or feelings?
Source Wired


2. Mapping emotion

Big Question Representing reality
AoKs/WoKs Emotion
Possible KQs Can we map human emotions?
Source Big Think


3. One-way conversation

Big Question Purpose & value
AoKs/WoKs Language, emotion
Possible KQs Is language’s primary purpose to express our emotions, or communicate our ideas?
Source The Atlantic

Cite this page as: Dunn, Michael. Real life situations for emotion (15th May 2013). Last accessed: 20th March 2018


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