YKC200 - Critical Thinking II

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Subject Title
Critical Thinking II

Subject Description

Critical Thinking II offers a critical overview of some of the major ideas that influence contemporary thought.  While Critical Thinking I focuses on formal and informal logic which together form a main branch of philosophy, Critical Thinking II builds upon and ventures beyond this foundation and exposes students to other important areas in philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics, political philosophy, and ethics.  Through applying the analytical reasoning skills learned in YKC100 to selections drawn from a variety of primary philosophical texts, students will critically engage with the foundational ideas of Western philosophy.  By highlighting the connections between today?s ideas and institutions, and their historical roots, an expansive cross-section of philosophers? works will be contextualized via their contributions to the evolution of ideas.

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 philosophical views of assigned thinkers
  • Identify and deconstruct assigned thinkers’ arguments
  • Critically examine and assess assigned thinkers’ views
  • Effectively apply course concepts in philosophical essay writing
  • Articulate the implications of a variety of philosophical perspectives

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.