May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog
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PHIL 1533 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

(TCCNS = PHIL 2303)

This course provides an introduction to critical thinking, the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information in order to think through a problem clearly and communicate a solution effectively.  Although students will learn to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and compose arguments – the primary instrument of critical thinking and reasoning – and will investigate the various forms arguments take, addressing both formal and informal methods of argumentation and distinguishing between good arguments and bad arguments, the principal focus of the course is not on learning and applying critical thinking methodologies as such.  Rather, foremost emphasis is placed on exploring the role that critical thinking plays in the development, articulation, and analysis of ideas, values, and beliefs in various cultural contexts as well as the creative products through which these ideas, values, and beliefs are expressed.

Core Code: 040N - Language, Philosophy & Culture

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