In this course, students develop the ability to think clearly and critically. Practice includes developing writing skills that enable students to clearly present claims to support their conclusions and avoid reinforcing biases. Students are given the opportunity to analyze and discuss various types of media—including television, Internet, and print—to determine which sources provide the most reliable information. Topics addressed include the relationship between critical thinking and clear writing, credibility of sources, rhetorical devices, fallacies, unclear or misleading language, and the characteristics of various types of arguments.
Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating media messages, information sources, and other forms of information.
Explain how moral reasoning influences critical thinking.
Deductive Arguments and Inductive Reasoning
Identify inductive reasoning.
Identify deductive arguments.
Categorize various fallacies based on their characteristics.
Identify various rhetorical devices used to influence attitudes and beliefs.
Assess the credibility of media and advertising claims.
Define credibility and its application to media, advertising, and other persuasive arguments.
Critical Thinking and Writing
Identify vagueness and ambiguity in written content.
Describe the relationship between critical thinking and clear writing.
Differentiate between inductive and deductive arguments.
Identify the major components of an argument.
Describe the importance of thinking critically.
Explain the basic elements of critical thinking.
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