CRITICAL THINKING

PHI1CRT

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Thinking and reasoning are essential components of human life. But much of our thinking and reasoning is biased, distorted, and uninformed. This subject trains you to reason well, to think clearly and independently, and also to engage fairly with others in discussions and debates. You will develop useful skills in presenting, analysing and evaluating different types of arguments. You will learn to apply these skills to real cases from popular culture, current affairs, and philosophy. You will also learn to use diagrams and symbols to assist higher and more abstract levels of logical reasoning and systematic thinking. Because the ability to think and to argue clearly and fairly is central not just to philosophy but to university studies in general, many students find the experience gained in this subject immensely valuable, both within the university and later in employment whatever their subsequent areas of specialization.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Concise Introduction To LogicRecommendedHurley, P.J. (any year from 2006 onwards)WADSWORTH CENGAGE LEARNING, BOSTON, MA
ReadingsElements of ReasoningRecommendedMunson, R & Black, A (any year from 2011 onwards)THOMSON WADSWORTH, BELMONT, CA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge, analysis and evaluation of arguments on a wide variety of topics and from a wide range of sources (e.g., books, newspapers, radio, TV, YouTube) on a variety of ethical/social/cultural issues relevant to Australia.

Activities:
Online lectures/readings/audios/videos, regular short quizzes, online discussions, short essays, written feedbacks from teachers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Clear, precise and well-informed writings that analyse, critique, and develop arguments on a wide variety of topics.

Activities:
Online discussions, short essays, written feedbacks from teachers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Effective time management.

Activities:
Regular short quizzes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours problem based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1040 words)26 01
Short Essays (3 x 320 words)24 01, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1040 words)26 01
Short Essays (3 x 320 words)24 01, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1040 words)26 01
Short Essays (3 x 320 words)24 01, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 04

Mildura, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1040 words)26 01
Short Essays (3 x 320 words)24 01, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 04

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJake Chandler

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour Exam (equivalent to 1040 words)26 01
Short Essays (3 x 320 words)24 01, 03, 04
Short Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 04