TOK and CAS form part of The CORE of the IB Diploma programme.
Important: TOK, CAS and the extended essay are the three elements that differentiate the IB Diploma Programme from other final high school qualifications.
The CORE impacts:
- the way in which the student regards and questions his own social awareness,
- his cultural understanding,
- influences his university choices and
- positively impacts his career.
TOK- Theory of Knowledge
It would be wrong to consider TOK as a purely academic subject.In fact, it endeavours to teach you nothing ... other than to question everything.
- It poses such interesting questions as "How do you know that ..."
- It examines what can really be construed as evidence?
Simply put, it is really a voyage of discovery in which the student questions every single thing that he has previously believed to be true.
CAS- Creativity, Activity and Service
CAS takes place outside of the classroom and is conducted in the student's private time, usually over the first 18 months of the diploma.
- CAS gives the student the ability to broaden his horizons.
- The student continues to be a learner outside the classroom.
- He becomes a learner “in the wild”.
- The student must be the prime instigator of this part of his education.
Examples of CAS projects and what it may consist of:
Creativity: arts, and other experience that involves creative thinking.
Activity: a sometimes physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.
Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected. Service projects may be in the local, national and international contexts.