Course attributes: Liberal Arts and Science
This course has a three part structure: 1. Logic. At root, critical thinking is the ability to reason; to think logically. Students will learn core concepts such as validity, soundness, logical form, and informal fallacies. 2. Applied Argument Construction. Students will learn to construct and critique ordinary and scientific arguments, both in written and oral form, using the logical principles learned in the Logic component of the course. 3. Alternative Reasoning Methods. Students will be encouraged to identify and examine arguments based on cultural background, gender, religious convictions, requirements of classical logic. Students will be encouraged to identify and examine such arguments. The purpose of this examination is not to invalidate or endorse alternative reasoning methods, but to encourage students to talk with each other about the difference and similarities in the ways they make judgments. and other factors. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.