Short Description: Critical Thinking and the ability to employ and apply sound, logical reasoning to a problem is essential to success on any project in any field. This Critical Thinking courses focuses primarily on arguments, their nature, their use and importance. This course offers students an understanding of critical thinking processes and those methodical processes necessary for effective reasoning and improved cognitive skills. The course is aimed at developing intellectual dispositions that are essential to the effective evaluation of truth claims. From there, the course show students how to arrive at reasonable conclusions and make decisions based on what is true, or what is believed to be true.
This introductory level course presents a variety of topics essential to a student’s development in critical thinking. Students are introduced to concepts essential to the comprehension, analysis, and creation of arguments: induction, deduction, informal fallacies, Aristotelian and symbolic logic, modes of persuasion, perspective and bias, and language and meaning, culminating in the development of reasonable strategies for belief formation.
Instructor Description: This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors review student work, student progress, and interact with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.