• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alexander Sandgren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course aims to introduce students to practices of argumentation, critical analysis, and evaluation. Such skills in critical thinking are integral to the discipline of philosophy. They are also tremendously useful in other academic domains, in the workplace, and in everyday life. The course aims to help students to understand and develop the skills required for critical thinking, and to encourage them to explore the ways in which these skills can further their academic and non-academic pursuits. Topics covered may include: various forms of reasoning, common fallacies, the use of rhetoric, elementary logic, and decision and game theories.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically analyse one’s opinions to identify underlying assumptions and unforeseen consequences (especially assumptions or consequences that are open to objections).
  2. Analyse one’s and others’ arguments and examine whether they are successful.
  3. Analyse one’s and others’ unsuccessful arguments by identifying (1) where they have committed fallacies and (2) where their arguments are vulnerable to any criticisms.
  4. Formulate and communicate arguments whose conclusions are supported by given reasons.

Indicative Assessment

Take-home Examination (1000 words) (20%) – Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3

Essay (30%, 1500 words) – Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination (2 hours) (40%) – Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

Lecture and tutorial participation (10%) – Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANUC1107 or ARTS1000 or PHIL1003.

Prescribed Texts

Required readings will be posted on the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

 

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7834 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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