phl310ca | undergraduate

Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

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This course in critical thinking helps students develop the ability to reason clearly and critically.  It includes an introduction to inductive and deductive logic, fallacious reasoning, assumptions, and problem-solving techniques. Students will apply critical thinking skills in confirming knowledge, producing new ideas, research, and making connections across disciplines.



This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    The Critical Thinking Process and Credibility

    • Compare the concepts of logic and critical thinking.

    • Explain the role of credibility in research and critical thinking.

    • Describe the critical-thinking process.

    Argument as Reasoning

    • Evaluate deductive and inductive arguments.

    • Analyze the structure of an argument.

    • Distinguish between opinion-based and reason-based arguments.

    • Recognize assumptions.

    Persuasion and Fallacies

    • Explain the role of language in the critical-thinking process.

    • Analyze the relationship between critical thinking and persuasion.

    • Identify fallacies as persuasion techniques.

    • Recognize fallacies in written, verbal, and visual arguments.

    Application of Critical Thinking

    • Explain how critical-thinking skills can be used to make connections across disciplines.

    • Examine how inductive and deductive reasoning can assist in the research process.

    • Determine the use of argument in problem solving.

    • Examine critical thinking techniques to produce new ideas.

    Critical Thinking and Education

    • Make connections between critical thinking and educational disciplines.

    • Apply critical-thinking skills to the process of confirming knowledge.

    • Apply critical-thinking skills to debate critical issues in education.

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