YKC100 - Critical Thinking I

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Last revision date Nov 11, 2019 12:30:02 AM
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Subject Title
Critical Thinking I

Subject Description

If we want to have some understanding and control of our beliefs, and some systematic way to make choices among the options with which we are presented in school, at work, and in the world in general, then we must know what good reasoning is.  The aim of this course is to help students reason well using standards of clarity, accuracy, fairness, and consistency.  Students will be introduced to the foundational concepts of logic.  Topics will include arguments and non-arguments, logical forms, formal and informal fallacies, deductive and inductive reasoning, and analysis of arguments in longer passages.  The reasoning and analytical skills learned in YKC100 are fundamental to preparing students for working with complex philosophical arguments in YKC200.

Credit Status
This course is required for all students in the Liberal Arts Program and Arts and Science University Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

·         Demonstrate understanding of the basic elements of logical and critical thinking

·         Analyze and evaluate arguments by appropriately applying course concepts.

·         Distinguish between argument and non-arguments, correctly recognizing common non-argument patterns.

·         Identify premises and conclusions

·         Correctly classify arguments as deductive or inductive, valid or invalid, strong or weak, sound or unsound, as appropriate.  Construct effective justifications for answers based on course concepts.

·         Recognize informal fallacies of reasoning in short passages.  Effectively explain how these fallacies are committed, applying course definitions and concepts.

·         Provide an accurate analysis of extended arguments from selected articles.  Generate evaluative responses to these arguments, including reasoned support for evaluations.

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