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 available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2013, 2012|
|Objectives||(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.
|Content||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)||PHIL3420 Critical Thinking|
|Transition||Students who have previously completed PHIL3420 Critical Thinking are not permitted to enrol in PHIL2420|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Examination: Class||2 by 1 hour tests, worth 19% each|
|Examination: Formal||A 2 hour examination at the end of semester, worth 62%|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|