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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 010 (GH) Critical Thinking (3) Discussion of the validity, soundness, and fallacies of everyday language use and reasoning; informal logic; and manipulative arguments and propaganda.

PHIL 010 Critical Thinking (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is designed to bring students to a critical awareness of the function of argumentation in the various forms it takes, both in the academic realm of logic, as well as the everyday world of television, newspapers, and other forms of communication. Students will examine how arguments are constructed and the means that are used to make an argument convincing. They will learn to critically analyze arguments in order to detect careless language use and fallacies. They will also learn various types of arguments. Students will be graded on weekly problem-solving homework assignments and re-writes, collaborative fallacy presentations, a mid-term exam, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 010 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill minor requirements in philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 25-50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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