Natural and Human Sciences in TOK

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in TOK

Part 1 – Individually review the knowledge frameworks for Natural and Human Sciences as they are considered within theory of knowledge. In groups of 2 you will be gathering evidence to determine the extent to which you think the following national geographic video (55 min) on stress is more oriented toward the natural sciences or the human sciences. You will need to gather evidence regarding the: a) scope/application b) language c) methodology d) relevant historical development e) links to personal knowledge presented in the video. 

Natural and Human SciencesPart 2 – In addition to gathering evidence regarding the aspects of the knowledge frameworks referenced in the video, identify a knowledge claim made in the video and create a follow-up knowledge question to explore that claim further. After you have created your follow-up knowledge question, briefly outline an approach from the video or one that you can envision that would lead to greater knowledge and provide an answer to your question from both a human science and natural science perspective (see outline below).

Part 1

Natural and Human Sciences Question to Consider
To what extent do you think this national geographic video on stress is more oriented toward the natural sciences or the human sciences.

Elements of the Knowledge Framework                                                 Cite Evidence Below

a) Scope and Application – Natural Science

a) Scope and Application – Human Science

b) Language – Natural Science

b) Language – Human Science

c) Methodology – Natural Science

c) Methodology – Human Science

d) Historical Developments Mentioned – Natural Science

d) Historical Developments Mentioned – Human Science

e) Links to Personal Knowledge- Natural Science

e) Links to Personal Knowledge – Human Science

To what extent is “Stress: Portrait of a Killer” more oriented toward the natural sciences or the human sciences? Enter a succinct but justified answer in the space to the right. This should be answered in a well structured paragraph i.e. with a conclusion.

Part 2

Identify a knowledge claim made in the video and enter that in the space to the right. (Full Transcript)

Create a follow-up knowledge question to explore that claim and enter that in the space to the right.

Describe an approach (method to study) from the video or one that you can envision that would lead to greater knowledge regarding that claim and answer your question from a natural science perspective.

Describe an approach (method to study) from the video or one that you can envision that would lead to greater knowledge regarding that claim and answer your question from a human science perspective.

What ethical considerations would you need to address in these approaches? Address both of your studies in the space to the right.

What would you anticipate your findings would be from one of your methods described above? How certain do you think your conclusions will be?

What limitations do you expect your findings from either of the above methods would be?

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