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TOK Trip to Berlin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Grade 12 traveled to Berlin from December 4th until December 8th as part of their Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

They spent a busy week with student presentations from the TOK course on topics from the role of artificial intelligence in knowledge creation and transmission, the social construction of language, how we know gender in an ever changing world, how does the methodology of history change our knowledge of it, to what extent is there knowledge in the arts, how does the context change our understanding of knowledge and many more topics. TOK teachers and students reflected on the nature of knowledge in our ever changing world for the presentations and also for preparation for the TOK essays.

They also got a chance to explore Berlin from its own history through walking tours across the city and then students chose their own visits to the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Pergamon Museum, the German museum of film and television, the Hamburger Bahnhof modern art museum, the DDR museum, the Charite hospital medical museum and the Reichstag. A highlight of the week was a cultural trip to the Berlin ballet for half the group and the other half visited “dining in the dark” with a visually impaired staff where you have to rely on taste, touch and smell during your meal. 
Quite an experience!