Theory of Knowledge 12

Week of May 4

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To prepare field trip presentations
  • Field trip presentation work time
Thursday To prepare field trip presentations
  • Field trip presentation work time
  • Decide on times for presentations

ToK after Presentations:

ToK had four mandataory afternoon sessions in March for a total classroom time of 390 minutes. These mandtory meetings will stand in lieu of regular class meetings on April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. Normal class meeting times will resume on May 5th. Please remember that our field trip to the De Young Museum in San Francisco will take place on April 22. Please meet in Mr. Howell's room at 7:30.

Week of March 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the Maya Lin video
  • PE and Presentation dates and details
  • Discuss Maya Lin video

Revised PE self submission by 6 PM Tuesday, March 10;

Presentation planning from s are due to me a full 24 hours prior to presentation. Forms must be submitted electronically and in hard copy.

Read and annotate ethics and art article - Thursday

Thursday To discuss ethics and art
  • Does art have to be ethical?

Presentation planning from s are due to me a full 24 hours prior to presentation. Forms must be submitted electronically and in hard copy.

Prepare for presentations

Week of March 2

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To nail down the dates and details of the formal ToK assessments
  • Official Dates
  • ToK PE student submission instructions
  • ToK PE grading and models
  • ToK presentation dates and planning sheet
Revised PE self submission by 6 PM Tuesday, March 10
Thursday To discuss the Maya Lin video
  • Discussion of the Maya Lin video and the institutional theory of art
Revised PE self submission by 6 PM Tuesday, March 10

Week of February 23

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the institutional theory of art
  • Discussion of PE
PE #2 - Due Friday
Thursday To discuss the question of who defines art
  • Lecture/Discussion - Institutional theory of art
  • Maya Lin Video
PE #2 - Due Friday

Week of February 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss theories of art
  • PE update, questions, discussion
  • Finish theories of art presentation
  • Journal - Which of the theories of art best fits with your conception of wha t art is?
Thursday To discuss expressionism
  • Journal - Is Tolstoy right about the definition of art? Explain your answer
  • Lecture/Discussion - Institutionalism
  • Discuss Tolstoy
  • Discuss PE
Palmer reading - Tuesday

Week of February 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the major philosophical theories of art
  • Finish - Is it art? activity and discussion
Tolstoy annotation - due Thursday
Thursday To understand the major philosophical theories of art
  • Lecture/Discussion - Theories of art

Week of February 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To define art and discuss its purpose
  • What is art? poll
  • Discussion - what consitutes art
  • Is it art? activity
Thursday To define art and discuss its purpose
  • Finish - Is it art? activity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Theories of art

Week of January 26

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss how ethics helps us understand the Senate torture report
  • Lecture/discussion - ethics summary
  • Discussion of ethics and the Senate torture report
Read and annotate relativism article - Thursday
Thursday To understand relativism
  • Journal - Can we judge cultures that disallow women to get an education? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - relativism
  • Presentation assignment
Given the variety of contradictory theories, is ethics a valid way of knowing? Answer in one page - due Tuesday, February 10

Week of January 19

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand virtue and utilitarian ethics
  • Ethics theory presentations - virtue ethics and utilitarianism
Thursday To understand deontological ethics
  • Ethics theory presentations - Kant
  • Acadec speeches

Week of January 12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To prepare for ethics theory presentations
  • Ethics theory presentation work day
Thursday
  • Ethics theory presentations - Divine command and ethical egoism

Week of January 5

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To examine the range of ethical theories by discussing a variety of ethical situations
  • Welcome back
  • Second Semester overview
  • Ethical situation activity
Thursday To understand the dates and details of the formal IB assignments due during the second semester
  • Presentation assignment
  • Ethics situations debrief
  • Ethics small group presentations assignment

Ethics presentations due January 15 (DC/Egoism, utilitarianism) and January 20 (Kant, Virtue);

Torture annotation due Thursday, January 22

Week of December 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the relationship between religion and science
  • Journal - If science is by nature about shared knowedge and religion by nature personal knowedge, to what extent are religion and science in conflict with one aother?
  • Video clip - Inherit the wind
  • Lecture/Discussion -Religion and science - four possible models
  • Which model is reflected in the video? How is this conflict seen today?
Prescribed essay due - Tuesday, December 16
Thursday To understand the nature of religious language
  • Journal - Which of Barbour's four models of interaction are modeled in the video clip? How might the underlying conflict be viewed differently?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Religious language
Prescribed essay due - Tuesday, December 16

Week of December 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extended essay
  • Review the extended essay format and requirements
  • Choosing our topic
  • Unpacking the chosen topic
  • Brainstorm examples and approaches
  • Reading time - Pluralism document
Read and annotate pluralism document
Thursday To discuss religious pluralism
  • Journal - evaluate the following statement. Support your position with several examples: “All religions lead to truth but travel different paths to get there”
  • Lecture/Discussion - Religious pluralism
 

Week of November 17

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand what is meant by faith
  • Journal/In small groups: What is faith? In what ways does it differ from reason? What is the balance between faith and reason in religious knowledge systems?
  • Discuss journal
  • Faith reading and discussion
    • Does Abraham act ethically?
    • What is the dividing line between faith and fanatacism?
    • Based on the Kierkegaard reading, what is the role of reason in religious belief? Explain.
  • Unpacking of the topic - With reference to two areas of knowledge discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge.
Thursday
  • Substitute

Week of November 10

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • No School
Thursday To solve the problem of evil
  • Journal - Can the problem of evil be solved? Discuss three possible solutions with a partner
  • Prescribed essay #1
  • Lecture/Discussion - The Problem of evil
Prescribed essay 1 - Tuesday, December 16

Week of November 3

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss whether or not the existencer or non-existence of God can be demonstrated through reason
  • Group work time
  • Group presentations
  • Lecture/Discussion - The ontological argument
Thursday To discuss whether or not the existencer or non-existence of God can be demonstrated through reason
  • Lecture/Discussion - The Cosmological and teleological arguments
  • Problem of evil reading time
Read and annotate problem of evil reading - Thursday

Week of October 27

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss Sandel and Wilkinson
  • Sandel and Wilkinson discussion
Thursday To introduce religion as a way of knowing
  • Journal - What is religion? How does it differ from the ways of knowing we have discussed so far? What difficulties do we face when examining religion as a way of knowing?
  • Discussion of religion as a way of knowing
Read and annotate Aquinas and Paley - Tuesday, November 4

Week of October 20

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the implications of big data and the human sciences
  • Discussion of Target article
Thursday To understand the distinction between normative and descriptive sciences
  • Read the Smith/Bastiat exerpts. What argument are these excrpts making about the nature of right and wrong? What is the Basis for this argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Normative v. Descriptive science
  • Video - Richard Wilkinson TED talk
Read and annotate Sandel article - Tuesday, October 28

Week of October 13

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand what big data is
  • Lecture/Discussion - Big Data
Thursday To understand the impact of Big data on the public health field
  • Video - Big data and the public health
  • Discuss video
Target article annotation - due Tuesday, October 21

Week of October 6

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss whether or not the human sciences can be part of a unified scientific method
  • Group discussion of assigned questions
  • Discuss assigned questions
Read and annotate Target Article - Tuesday, October 14
Thursday To discuss whether or not the human sciences can be part of a unified scientific method
  • Finish discussion of assigned questions
  • Target article reading time
  • Presentation by Ms. Skelton on a vgreat CASS opportunity and an excellent cause
Read and annotate Target Article - Tuesday, October 14

Week of September 29

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss how scientific the human sciences are
  • Journal - in small groups, answer the opening questions
  • Class discussion of opening questions
  • Target articlereading overview
Thursday To understand how the scientific method is applied to the investigations of humanity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Human science methods
  • Target article reading time

Week of September 22

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand Kuhn's idea of normal v. revolutionary science
  • EE appointments
  • Lecture Discussion - Kuhn and scientific revolutions
  • Reading time - Genetics and ethics article
Read and annotate genetics and ethics article - Thursday
Thursday To discuss the ways science is or should be limited by ethical considerations
  • Journal - Outside of the article we just read, list and briefly explain three ways that science is limited (or should be limited) by ethical considerations.
  • Discussion - Ethics and science
  • Natural science wrap-up
 

Week of September 15

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the limitations of the natural sciences
  • EE Appointments
  • Lecture/Discussion - Limitations of science
  • Popper and Kuhn reading time
Read and annotate Popper and Kuhn excerpts
Thursday To understand three models of how science works
  • Lecture/Discussion - 3 models of science
  • Discussion - Is Popper right?

Week of September 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss what counts a significant in scientific studies
  • Journal (in partners discuss) - The aim of the natural sciences is to explain the world by discovering cause and effect relationships between natural phenomena. To what extent is this statement true? Provide two examples to support your position.
  • Structured discussion of Timmer article
  • Listen to NPR story on HIH funding and answer the following questions:
    • What is the main point of this story?
    • Why is this story relevenat to the Timmer article?
    • What knowedge questions do these two stories raise regarding the natural sciences?
Thursday To understand the limitations of the natural sciences
  • Journal - Answer the following questions regarding Tuesday's NPR story:
    • What is the main point of this story?
    • Why is this story relevenat to the Timmer article?
    • What knowedge questions do these two stories raise regarding the natural sciences?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Limitations of the natural sciences

Week of September 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To question the accepted standard of statistical significance
  • Read the contradicting research article. How does this article reveal misconceptions held by the general public regarding how science works?
  • In small groups, using the UNDSCI site identify what you perceive as the most significant misconception of science and how science works. Be prepared to explain both the misconception and why the misconception is problematic to the class
  • Discussion of major misconceptions of science
Read and annotate article on statistical standards in science - Tuesday, September 9
Thursday To understand the Prescribed topics and their relation to the class
  • Discuss prescribed Essay topics
  • Reading time - Statistical standards article
Read and annotate article on Statistical standards in science - Tuesday, September 9

Week of August 25

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extent to which science is independent of culture
  • Journal: 1) Is science universal accross cultures or is science a concept bound by culture? 2) Are science and religion in herently in conflict?
  • Science, Pseudo Science and culture discussion
  • NASA article reading time (time allowing)
Read and annotate NASA article - Thursday
Thursday To explore the connection between mathematics and the natural sciences
  • Journal - 1) What is the basic argument made in this article, 2) What is the methodology used by this study (bullet it out), 3)Why is the public unwilling to accept the scientific basis for climate change? 4) What knowledge questions arise from this article?
  • Moderated discussion of NASA article
Read and annotate article on Statistical standards in science - Thursday, September 4

Week of August 18

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To distinguish between what science is and what science is not
  • Journal - (in small groups) 1) What are the essential characteristics that make a given knoweldge pursuit scientific? What characteristics would make such a pursuit non- scientific? 2) What activities have ben typical in your science classes in school?
  • Debrief and brainstom characteristics into notes
  • Read and discuss ICR documents
  • Mrs. Sorgent!
Read and annotate "The Dangers of Pseudo-Science" article
Thursday To examine the dangers of Pseudo science
  • Discuss ICR articles
    • How do the authors of these articles try to associate their pursuits with science?
    • What is unscientific about their claims/methods?
  • Journal: Is the label pseudo science just a dressed up way to supress knowedge which is out of favor with the dominant world view? Explain your answer
  • Discuss - "The Dangers of Pseudo -Science" article
  • Ms. Cashmere
Read an annotate the NASA climate change article - Focus on ATiP1-2,6 and what makes this study scientific - be prepared to cite examples

Week of August 11

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the scope and sequence of senior ToK
  • Welcome back
  • Senior ToK overview
  • Annotations refresher
  • Syllabus changes
  • EE Progress check/discussion
  • "Baseball or Soccer" reading time
Read and annotate "Baseball or Soccer" - Thursday
Thursday How does Brook's soccer metaphor relate to ToK?
  • Journal - What is Brooks' main argument and how does he support it? How is this article relevant to Theory of Knowledge? Explain.
  • Discussion of Baseball or Soccer