- Code PHIL1005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Colin Klein
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2022
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse one’s opinions to identify underlying assumptions and unforeseen consequences (especially assumptions or consequences that are open to objections);
- analyse one’s and others’ arguments and examine whether they are successful;
- 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; and
- formulate and communicate arguments whose conclusions are supported by given reasons.
- Weekly Online Quizzes (15) [LO 1,2]
- Essay (1500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Examination (2 hours) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Lecture and Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 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
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