Systems of Knowledge

Systems of Knowledge is intended to serve as a stimulus for a critical appreciation of values within an interdisciplinary programme based on four interrelated modules. During the first year Democratic Values and Responsible and Active Citizenship, Culture, Art and Aesthetic Values in Western Civilization, and The Environment and Sustainable Development are covered. During the second year the module Scientific Values and Technology is tackled together with a general revision of the three modules covered during the first year.

Concurrently, students have three project meetings related to the presentation of a Matsec project which carries 40% of the global mark (60% exam). The Project involves a task which spans over a time period of 20 hours and, in order for the project to be accomplished satisfactorily, a meeting is held during the first year and another two during the second year.

Since class groups are small, discussion about the various themes covered is actively promoted through the participation of all students.

Recommended Textbooks

  • Systems of Knowledge – An Interdisciplinary Approach; Miller Distributors Ltd; ISBN: 9789995752934

The teaching programme is supplemented by:

  • A Parliamentary debating session is held in May focusing on six themes related to the modules of SOK. Students act as members of Parliament and present proposals addressing current issues
  • Other non-formal activities are also held in line with promoting direct involvement of students
  • Talks by external speakers
  • An NGO fair is also held on the school premises to help students choose an organisation for the activity part of their project

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

  • Compulsory Requirement for entry at the University of Malta
  • ITS

You can study Systems of Knowledge at:

Intermediate Level


No previous knowledge is required


2 years


3 lessons per week

Practical / Tutorial Sessions