Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (113 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Critical Thinking


The course objective is to present a variety of topics essential to a student's development in critical thinking. Students are introduced to concepts essential to the comprehension, analysis, and creation of arguments: induction, deduction, and informal fallacies, Aristotelian and symbolic logic, modes of persuasion, perspective and bias, language and meaning, culminating in the development of reasonable strategies for belief formation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to analyze the processes of logical reasoning to interpret arguments
  • Evaluate the quality of reasoning behind arguments, interpretations, and/or beliefs
  • Recognize well-reasoned arguments
  • Evaluate mode(s) of inquiry used to gather and generate information
  • Identify significant questions for exploration
  • Recognize one's own biases by viewing an issue through multiple perspectives
  • Assess the reasonableness of arguments, positions, and beliefs
  • Demonstrate focus, organization, discipline, and empathy in approaching complex problems
  • And recognize one's own position or conclusions through reflective thinking
  • Interpret evidence and findings, especially alternative positions different from one's own

General Course Topics:

  • The structure of arguments
  • Deduction: truth and validity
  • Deduction: argument forms
  • Induction: generalizations
  • Induction: evidence and analogies
  • Formal fallacies and weak induction
  • Informal fallacies
  • Language and logic
  • Reading media
  • Bias and viewpoints
  • Logic in real life
  • Using your voice
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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