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PHIL1014: Critical Thinking

2024 unit information

An introduction to critical thinking and the analysis of argument. We will examine arguments drawn from diverse sources including journalism, advertising, science, medicine, history, economics, and politics. In doing so, we will learn how to distinguish good arguments from bad, and how to construct rationally persuasive arguments of our own. Along the way we will grapple with scepticism, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and fallacies.

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Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. 1) demonstrate comprehension of the differences between various forms of argument, including deduction, induction, abduction, causal arguments, scientific arguments, probabilistic arguments, and arguments by analogy
  • LO2. 2) assess the strengths and weaknesses of arguments of these various forms
  • LO3. 3) detect deductive validity and soundness
  • LO4. 4) detect and label a broad range of common fallacies
  • LO5. 5) develop stronger arguments, and to revise and/or defend those arguments in the face of criticism
  • LO6. 6) identify and evaluate arguments as they appear in a range of contexts including advertising, journalism, politics, activism, and academic writing
  • LO7. 7) construct, analyse, defend, and revise arguments of their own and present arguments to others clearly and persuasively
  • LO8. 8) use clear reasoning to solve practical problems and resolve real-life disputes

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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