2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 110 - Introduction to Critical Thinking

Description: Introductory study of critical thinking and informal logic, with emphasis on argumentation, rhetoric, and problem-solving. Examination of language, meaning, definition, fallacies, and arguments as they occur in both academic and real-world settings. Application of critical thinking strategies to contemporary issues and practical problem solving.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Fundamentals of critical thinking
  2. Biases and assumptions in thought, arguments, and language
  3. Critical reading, writing, and speaking.
  4. Logical problem solving
  5. Language, content, and structure in arguments
  6. Formal and informal logic and their fallacies
  7. Critical analysis of contemporary issues
  8. Critical analysis of the media, including print, Internet, video, and advertising

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe elements and aspects of the thinking, and critical thinking processes. (1)
  2. Evaluate the role of biases and assumptions in thought, arguments and language. (2, 5)
  3. Apply thinking skills to writing, reading, speaking and listening activities. (3)
  4. Incorporate knowledge of formal and informal logic in argumentation and problem solving. (4,5,6)
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to create solutions to problems in social, cultural, and personal issues. (7)
  6. Apply critical thinking strategies to media and everyday arguments. (8)