Critical Thinking

Course code PHIL2420Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.
ContentThis 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
TransitionStudents who have previously completed PHIL3420 Critical Thinking are not permitted to enrol in PHIL2420
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNIL
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class2 by 1 hour tests, worth 19% each
Examination: FormalA 2 hour examination at the end of semester, worth 62%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term