Develop your ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments.View Study Options
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.
Types of Arguments
- Argument in the context of critical thinking
- The link between reason and truth
- Using different types of reasoning
Identifying Bad Arguments
- Good and bad ways of reasoning
- Fallacies – slippery slope, ad hominem, post hoc and false dilemma
- Hidden assumptions
- Different types of evidence
- Assessing evidence
- Trusting your senses
- Questioning data and statistics
- Presentation of data in graphs
- Assessing proof
Emotion and Bias
- The effect of emotions on judgement
- Identifying biases and prejudices in thinking
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.
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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