CRITICAL REASONING

EDU0CT3

2020

Credit points: 5

Subject outline

In the context of a range of contemporary issues, students are encouraged to engage with differing viewpoints, question received knowledge and to recognise unsound or fallacious arguments.Students develop and extend critical thinking skills by identifying, constructing and evaluating academic arguments.  Opportunities are provided for the development, transference and application of the principles of reasoning and logic. Assessments include a peer reviewed digital journal and a short argumentative essay.


SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points5

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 0 - Enabling Program

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the structural principles of logical argument and differentiate between a sound and unsound academic argument

Activities:
Comparison and differentiation of different forms of argument Interactive learning task to identify the key argument in written and spoken texts Courtroom drama role play
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
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 (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Analyse and evaluate different texts, concepts and sources for legitimacy, credibility, reliability and appropriateness.

Activities:
Comparison and differentiation of different forms of argument Comparison of the logical principles used in AI and the psychology of human reasoning (trolley problem activity) Ethical dilemma interactive and text analysis Forum discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Demonstrate skills in reflective and argumentative writing for academic purposes.

Activities:
Text analysis, digital journal writing, forum discussion, Argumentative essay assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
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 (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Develop and present a sound academic argument related to a contemporary issue

Activities:
Argumentative essay assessment Forum discussions Digital Journal writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,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 (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2020, Online StudyPeriod 5, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 36 - 42
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 36 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Digital journal (600 words)50 01, 02, 03
Argumentative Essay on selected contemporary issue (650 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Online, 2020, Online StudyPeriod 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 16
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Digital journal (600 words)50 01, 02, 03
Argumentative Essay on selected contemporary issue (650 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04