Subject details

On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:

  1. use expository and argumentative English correctly and clearly;
  2. contribute effectively and confidently to discussions;
  3. identify and reconstruct the forms of reasoning used in a wide range of everyday and academic contexts, including implicit assumptions and implications;
  4. identify common fallacies in different styles of reasoning;
  5. construct and evaluate the success of arguments you encounter in books, articles and discussions;
  6. write your essays with confidence, based on knowledge of how to structure a successful argument.
    • Critical Thinking: What is it?
    • Logical, Illogical and Non-logical in the Learning Guide AND Orientation from textbook
    • Textbook Ch. 1: Recognizing Arguments
    • Textbook Ch. 2: Analyzing Arguments
    • Textbook Ch. 5: More Valid Argument Forms
    • Textbook Ch. 9: Definition
    • Chapter 2: Logic: Deductive Validity from Bowell & Kemp, Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide, 2nd ed.
    • Textbook Ch. 3: Evaluating Arguments
    • Textbook Ch. 6: Causal Analysis
    • Textbook Ch. 11: Reasonable Beliefs
    • Textbook Ch. 8: Fallacies
    • Textbook Ch. 12: Rules for Writing AND Category Mistakes in the Learning Guide
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Achieving a high level of critical and creative thinking is one of the most important goals of a university education.

This subject aims to enhance the thinking and communication skills that are fundamental to all of your academic studies.

Employers in most professions and industries regard these abilities as essential.

Effective thinking demands rigorous analysis, imagination and insight.

In this subject you will develop and practise these skills and learn how to structure a successful, systematically reasoned essay.

  • Questions on topics 1 to 4 (30%)
  • Questions on topics 5 to 8 (40%)
  • Invigilated examination (30%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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