crt205 | undergraduate

Critical Thinking

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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.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Critical Thinking and Writing

    • Describe the relationship between critical thinking and clear writing.
    • Identify vagueness and ambiguity in written content.


    • Define credibility and its application to media, advertising, and other persuasive arguments.
    • Assess the credibility of media and advertising claims.

    Rhetorical Devices

    • Identify various rhetorical devices used to influence attitudes and beliefs.


    • Categorize various fallacies based on their characteristics.

    Deductive Arguments and Inductive Reasoning

    • Identify deductive arguments.
    • Identify inductive reasoning.

    Moral Reasoning

    • Explain how moral reasoning influences critical thinking.

    Critical Analysis

    • Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating media messages, information sources, and other forms of information.

    Thinking Critically

    • Explain the basic elements of critical thinking.
    • Describe the importance of thinking critically.


    • Identify the major components of an argument.
    • Differentiate between inductive and deductive arguments.
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