Critical Thinking

Develop your ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments.

Course Director: Laura Miller-Bridgland

Head of Divinity, Eton College
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Course overview

During the Critical Thinking Course you will analyse different scenarios and complete interactive activities which will help you put theoretical knowledge into practice. By the end of the course you will be able to have more confidence in your arguments and be able to spot fallacies in other’s.

Syllabus

1

Types of Arguments

  • Argument in the context of critical thinking
  • The link between reason and truth
  • Using different types of reasoning

2

Identifying Bad Arguments

  • Good and bad ways of reasoning
  • Fallacies – slippery slope, ad hominem, post hoc and false dilemma
  • Hidden assumptions

3

Evaluating Evidence

  • Different types of evidence
  • Assessing evidence
  • Trusting your senses

4

Evaluating Data

  • Questioning data and statistics
  • Presentation of data in graphs
  • Assessing proof

5

Emotion and Bias

  • The effect of emotions on judgement
  • Identifying biases and prejudices in thinking

6

Applying Critical Thinking

  • Arguments in different contexts and formats

Critical Thinking – learning outcomes

 

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use logic to analyse an argument
  • identify bad arguments and faulty reasoning
  • assess the evidence used to support an argument
  • evaluate the data and statistics used as evidence to support an argument
  • identify if emotions have influenced an argument
  • recognise bias and prejudice in thinking.

Study options

Self-Study

Self-paced, independent learning that students complete at their own pace.

This is a flexible option which students can fit around school and other extracurricular commitments.

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  • 7–10 hours of learning materials
  • Diagnostic test to measure skill level
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion

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Entry requirements

The minimum level of English required to participate in our courses is Upper Intermediate or B2 on the CEFR.

The Critical Thinking Course has undoubtedly changed the way I view things in a beneficial way. I am now able to consider alternative views culminating in me being able to make my own decisions based on my own thoughts.
Aleena, Critical Thinking Student
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