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 theworkplace, 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 the pursuit of both their academic andnonacademic projects. Topics covered may include: inductive and deductive reasoning, common fallacies, the use of rhetoric, and elementary logic.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 . Critically analyse beliefs, including their own beliefs, to identify underlying assumptions and unforeseen consequences (especially assumptions or consequences that are open to objections the original belief did not appear susceptible to).
2. Analyse others’ arguments - especially the arguments of philosophers - presented in both written and oral forms, and identify ( 1) where they have committed informal fallacies and (2) where their arguments are vulnerable to particular critical strategies identified in the course, such as counterexamples or questioning the use of a definite description.
3. Analyse others’ arguments and identify where they have successfully used the strategies and techniques from the course.
4. Formulate arguments that appropriately incorporate techniques from the course.
5. Communicate these arguments clearly in both written form, and Oral form - drawing where relevant on strategies for clear written and oral communication from the course.
6. Use elementary formal logic to represent arguments and determine whether they are deductively valid or invalid.
7. Reflect on their own set of strategies for philosophical analysis and argument, and identify the improvement and growth that has taken place during the course.
Portfolio of short assignments equivalent to 2000 words (50%)(Learning outcomes 1-5 and 7).
2 exams (20% each) (Learning outcome 6)
Tutorial participation (10%) (Learning outcomes 1-7).
Students will also receive unassessed feedback in tutorials and lectures from tutors and peers.
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Two lectures per week (2 hours) and one tutorial per week (1 hour), plus 7 hours per week of reading, completing exercises, and preparing assessment tasks. Lecture notes and assessment questions will be posted on Wattle.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Required readings will be posted on Wattle
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7584||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|