Critical Thinking

Course code PHIL2420
Not available in 2016


One set of skills required in any occupation are those of critical thinking and of evaluating the logical status of arguments. How can we tell the difference between valid and invalid arguments? How do we go about constructing arguments which we can know to be valid? These are the questions that form the focus of the course. The course is specifically designed to impart to students skills tested in the Graduate Skills Assessment Test.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To impart to students skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

2. To impart to students skills in critically evaluating and appraising the arguments of others.

3. To impart to students the ability to construct valid arguments of their own.


This course gives students skills in critical thinking about and evaluating ideas in a range of fields.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What makes an argument valid?
  • How can we tell valid from invalid arguments?
  • How can we construct valid arguments?

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): PHIL3420. Students who have successfully completed PHIL3420 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL2420.


This course replaces PHIL3420. If you have successfully completed PHIL3420 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: 2 by 1 hour tests

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Contact Hours