Course Summary
Credit Type:
15 weeks (45 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 critical thinking


The course objective is to learn to challenge reports, make and evaluate arguments, weigh decisions, and assess your own thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify and analyze both inductive and deductive arguments
  • identify the characteristics of arguments that should be accepted versus should be rejected
  • identify common fallacies that underlie many arguments
  • identify credible sources
  • know when to doubt a claim
  • know how to frame decisions and weigh the options
  • explain how biases affect reasoning and identify ways to counter them

General Topics:

  • Challenging reports
  • Judge the credibility of a source
  • Judge the reputation and motivation of a source
  • Evaluate the credibility of a new claim
  • Fight biases
  • Identify framing
  • Making and evaluating arguments
  • Detect arguments
  • Reorganize arguments so that they can be evaluated
  • Clarify the meaning of terms
  • Evaluate the content of an argument
  • Evaluate whether the conclusion follows from the reasons
  • Identify missing reasons
  • Apply the principle of charity
  • Two ways to win an argument
  • Recognize argument tripwires: informal fallacies
  • Construct a strong argument
  • Weighing decisions
  • Identify a decision and the options
  • Expand the options
  • Understand the consequences
  • Define the cost/benefit tradeoffs of the options
  • Consider your values
  • Assess your thinking
  • Adopt the qualities of a great thinker
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Examinations (multiple attempts allowed)

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials