Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. This course encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and aims to help young people make sense of what they encounter. Its core content focuses on questions such as the following.

• What counts as knowledge?
• How does it grow?
• What are its limits?
• Who owns knowledge?
• What is the value of knowledge?
• What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge?

Here is the link to the Theory of Knowledge Subject Brief

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Creativity, activity, service is at the heart of the Diploma Programme, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma Programme. The component’s three strands, often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.

• Creativity—arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking

• Action—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the IB Diploma Programme

• Service—an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student

Creativity, activity, service encourages students to be involved in activities as individuals and as part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts. Albanian College has created a CAS handbook specifically designed with our students in mind.

Here is the link to the IBDP CAS Subject Brief

Extended Essay

The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, usually one of the student’s six Diploma Programme subjects, and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity—resulting in approximately 40 hours of work. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Here is the link to the Extended Essay Subject Guide