T 5:30 - 8:00
- Saja Parvizian
The subject of critical thinking concerns the skills, methods, and strategies needed for effectively evaluating and formulating arguments. Being able to identify both good and fallacious reasoning is not only useful for engaging arguments given in academic settings, but it is incredibly helpful for responding to arguments that we encounter in our day-to-day lives. In this course we will develop the logical skills necessary for evaluating philosophical arguments and more casual arguments that one might encounter in the media (i.e. news, pop culture, politics, etc.). More specifically we will learn the basics of deductive logic, inductive logic, formal fallacies, and informal fallacies. Then, we will apply these skills by evaluating various forms of reasoning offered in scientific, moral, and popular contexts.
(Gen. Ed.: This course satisfies the Individual and Society requirement.)