ToK 12
2022-2023 ToK 12 syllabus
AoK: The Natural sciences - presentation AoK: The Natural Sciences - unit outline Fall PE assignment

Week of November 28

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Read and annotate Bayesian statistics article

Thursday

 

Fall PE draft - Due Friday at 11:59

Read and annotate Bayesian statistics article - due Tuesday, December 6

Week of November 14

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Baggot SGD

Fall PE brainstorm - brainstorm the following regarding the fall PE topic:

1. Approaches

2. Sources (here is the link to Russell's "The Value of Philosophy"

3. Things discussed in class

4. Examples

Your brainstorm should be a page in length!

Read and annotate "The New Climate Dice" - Due Tuesday, November 29

Thursday
  • Finish Baggot SGD
  • Brainstorm Fall PE
  • Models, scientific prediction and public opinion - SGD

Work on PE over break!

Week of November 7

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • McClintock speech and the the intersection of science and politics

 

Thursday
  • Scientism SGD

But is it science? Theoretical physicists who say the multiverse exists set a dangerous precedent: science based on zero empirical evidence - Jim Baggott - Double annotation, due Tuesday, November 15

 

Week of November 7

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Read and annotate "Science Education in an Age of Misinformation" section on "the social practices of science" pp. 16 -22 (double annotation) - Due Thursday, November 3

Thursday
  • SGD -Natural science as a community

Read and annotate "The Problem with Scientism" (double annotation) - due Tuesday, November 8

Week of October 24

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • SGD - Merchants of Doubt introduction

Read and annotate Tom McClintock's speech - The Perils of Experts . How does this speech relate to the introduction to Merchants of Doubt?

As part of the annotation, just add Wikipedia to each of the following: Fred Seitz, Fred Singer, N. Oreskes, GC Marshall Institute

Thursday
  • Lecture/discussion - The line of demarcation and theoretical physics - the boundary of falsification?

 

Read and annotate "Science Education in an Age of Misinformation" section on "the social practices of science" pp. 16 -22 (double annotation) - Due Thursday, November 3

Week of October 17

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Pseudo science, Karl Popper, falsification and the problem of demarcation
  • Reading time - time allowing

Read and annotate Merchants of Doubt intro (double annotation) - due Thursday, October 20

Thursday
  • SGD - Introduction to Merchants of Doubt

Read and annotate Baggot - Due Tuesday, October 28

Week of October 10

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • New Groups
  • SGD - Thomas Kuhn and the structure of scientific revolutions
Read and annotate Merchants of Doubt intro (double annotation) - due Thursday, October 20
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - The revolutionary and the normal: The structure of scientific inquiry

Read and annotate Merchants of Doubt intro (double annotation) - due Thursday, October 20

Week of October 3

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Finish MoMa presentations

 

Thursday

Read and annotate Khun biography and Khun and Popper readings - double annotation - one for the Kuhn biography and one for the quotes - Due Tuesday, October 11

Week of October 3

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Finish MoMA presentations

 

Thursday
  • Introduction to Natural science as an area of knowledge
  • Lecture/discussion - the scientific method, demarcation and pseudo science

 

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Choose and answer 5 of the Maya Lin discussion questions - Due Tuesday, October 4

Thursday
  • Museum presentations and discussion

Choose and answer 5 of the Maya Lin discussion questions - Due Tuesday, October 4

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday

 

Week of September 12, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Why art matters questions - due Thursday - groups should be prepared to lead the class in discussion of their chosen works on Thursday. Email me any visuals you need.

Read through the PE Topics Identify your favorite topic - What resources could be used to help you write on this topic - prepare an annotated bibliography where the annotations explain the utility of the source to the chosen PE. 1 page - due Tuesday, September 20

Thursday

Read through the PE Topics. Identify you favorite topic - What resources could be used to help you write on this topic - prepare an annotated bibliography where the annotations explain the utility of the source to the chosen PE. 1 page - due Tuesday, September 20

Week of September 5, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Substitute - meet in N106 today (Mr. Fishburn's room)
  • Read and annotate Salcedo - due Thursday in Teams

Read and annotate Salcedo - due Thursday in Teams

Thursday

 

Week of August 29, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Haydock absent - meet in room N106
  • Read and annotate "Art is a Game" - due to Teams at the end of the period

 

Thursday
  • Lecture/discussion - finish aesthetic theories

 

Week of August 22, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Finish Greenberg SGD

 

Thursday

 

Week of August 15, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Read and annotate Greenberg - “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” - due Thursday, August 18

Thursday
  • Small group discussion of Greenberg

 

Week of August 8, 2022

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Review Tolstoyand read and annotate Picasso - Due Thursday, August 11

Thursday
  • Mr. Alexandre!!!!!
  • Small group discussion - Tolstoy and Picasso on what makes good art

Identify a work of art in any medium (painting, literature, film, comic books, music etc.) that you think best illustrates Picasso's claim that "art is a lie that makes us realize truth" Explain in a in one page how this work illustrates Picasso's claim. Be thoughtful and creative!

Read and annotate Grenberg - “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” - due Thursday, August 18