4. “Areas of knowledge always rely on a systematic process of trial and error to aid the production of knowledge.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.
“always” – It is highly unlikely that you are going to find an AOK or a real-life example that meets the high standard of “always.” You may find situations that almost always “rely on a systematic process of trial and error” and look carefully at the instances where there are exceptions.
“systematic process of trial and error” – Different AOKs (and different real-life examples) will have very different systematic processes. You need to look at specific processes and their effect on knowledge.
“to aid in the production of knowledge” – Make sure you look very carefully at how knowledge is produced in real-life examples and see what effect “a systematic process of trial and error” has on the production of knowledge. You can find example where the “systematic process” has a huge positive impact, or little impact, or possibly even a negative impact. Also, “production of knowledge” is a phrase that shows up fairly frequently in prescribed titles. Take careful note of how “the production of knowledge” differs from other similar phrases such as “the acquisition of knowledge” and “the sharing of knowledge.” There are slight differences between them.
Note: The “lazy” approach to this prescribed title would be a superficial discussion of how science uses a systematic process (i.e. the scientific method) but the arts doesn’t. Lazy doesn’t score well.