comm251 | undergraduate
Rhetoric And Critical Thinking
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.
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- Explore the structure and use of syllogisms in reasoning.
- Define the concepts of truth, validity, and soundness in a deductive argument.
- Apply sound rational reasoning to problem solving.
- Differentiate between inductive and deductive modalities of reasoning.
Assumptions-Critical Thinking and the Unknown
- Develop methods of checking assumptions and creating alternatives.
- Recognize assumptions in various situations.
- Compare and contrast necessary and unwarranted assumptions.
Logic versus Emotion
- Explain the impact of feelings on the critical thinking process.
The Perception Process and its Influences
- Outline the perceptual process.
- Describe perceptual blocks to clear and critical thinking: personal barriers, sensing, and physiology.
Critical Thinking-Purpose and Process
- Identify the critical thinking process.
- Explain the relationship of logic to critical thinking.
Analysis of the Use of Language in Thinking and Argument
- Explain the role of language in the critical thinking process.
- Explore the role of critical thinking in persuasion.
Elements and Composition of Argument
- Distinguish arguments from nonarguments.
- Identify the parts of an argument and their relationship to each other.
- Describe the role of analogy in argument.
Patterns of Fallacious Reasoning
- Recognize fallacies in written, oral, and visual arguments.
- Develop spontaneous oral or written arguments.
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