How to Choose a Real-Life Situation in TOK

In the Theory of Knowledge course, this blog will explain you everything you need to know about Real Life Situations.

You'll discover:

  • What is a Real-Life Situation?
  • What makes a good Real-Life Situation?

IB students must choose and discuss one Real Life Situation as a part of their TOK Assessment. While the RLS is not the primary focus of the course, it does give a framework for TOK students to study knowledge difficulties.

What does it take to be in a real-life situation?

A Real-Life Situation can be anything, from a personal experience to a current event, as long as it is concrete and distinct. It can come from a subject you've studied well, your personal experience, a community or school, or a personal worry.

The Real-Life Situation cannot be fictitious, historical, or ambiguous in any way.

Real-life scenarios were frequently used in TOK presentations. However, TOK has subsequently replaced the presentation with the TOK Exhibition, which requires us to adjust our minds on RLS as well. Real-Life Situations are increasingly important in the TOK curriculum for supporting arguments and showing concepts.

What makes a good Real-Life Situation?

The first step in choosing a Real-Life Situation is to pick a domain of knowledge and a method of knowing that is most relevant to it. Furthermore, it does no difference where you buy your RLS as long as it meets the following criteria.

Make sure your RLS is interesting

When choosing a Real-Life Situation for your Theory of Knowledge, think about three people.

Your audience, examiner and you are all of these people. It is appropriate to select a situation that is intriguing on all levels since doing so ensures that all stakeholders are included in the investigation of the knowledge issue linked with the selected RLS.

Controversial RLS creates curiosity

Make sure to explore a contentious RLS in addition to being exact, brief, and entertaining. To put it another way, the topic should inspire discussion right away.

It's easier to develop distinct points of view as well as conflicting points of view when there's a contentious Real-Life Situation. It also allows for the analysis of a topic from several perspectives by employing proper Theory of Knowledge methodologies.

Your RLS should be to the point

You should use the Real-Life Situation in your analysis if it allows you to demonstrate how an overarching analysis is applicable to a context wider than the current situation.

By choosing a Real-Life Situation like this, you may take your work to a whole new level and get full credit for it.

Don’t overcomplicate your RLS

Choose a more succinct and specific scenario involving a knowledge issue that you can readily address instead of a scenario that requires significant explanation.

Your RLS could also be a situation in which you feel secure, especially if it's something you've learned from personal experience.

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