Course Objectives

PHL 276: Critical Thinking

Narrative

Critical thinking lies at the very heart of philosophy, and it is perhaps the single most important skill a student can develops in the course of their education. Thus the principal aim of this course is to afford the student introductory exposure to critical thinking skills, concepts, and methods. Together as colleagues we will practice techniques for identifying, analyzing and evaluating claims using the techniques and concepts of both formal and informal logic. These skills, once acquired, are easily and fruitfully transferred to nearly any problem requiring a thoughtful approach. A student who successfully completes the course requirements will thus advance his or her level of proficiency in some of the most important cognitive skills a person can have.


Student Learning Outcomes

General Education Learning Outcomes:

Core Area:

By the end of the term, the successful student in this course will:

  • Will have demonstrated basic knowledge of the philosophical concepts, traditions, schools, or movements covered in the course.
  • Will have demonstrated basic competence in dealing with the philosophical concepts, methodologies, and techniques of interpretation and/or analysis covered in the course.

Cross-Curricular:

By the end of the term, the successful student in this course will have:

  • Will have demonstrated critical thinking abilities including but not limited to interpretation, analysis, evaluation, argumentation, inference and self-regulation.
  • Will have demonstrated clear and cogent English writing at a minimally acceptable level.
  • Will have demonstrated basic intellectual discipline and standards of integrity commensurate to habits of lifelong learning.
  • demonstrated facility with information technology and information through the use of the course website, Google Calendar, and online course assignments.

Urban Leadership Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the term, the successful student in this course will have:

  • have actively and regularly practiced civility in class discussions and collaborative group work.
  • have actively and regularly practiced collaboration both in small groups and as a class in order to realize the objectives of the course.

Philosophy Program Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the term, the successful student in this course will have:

  • Will have demonstrated basic proficiency with informal methods of argument analysis.

Disclaimer: The professor will, of course, endeavor to help students achieve these outcomes, but real learning requires substantial effort on the part of the student. Students should therefore not expect to achieve these outcomes without engaging in the sustained, conscientious study and actual work necessary to complete all the class requirements at an adequate or better level and to observe all course policies.

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