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Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the relationship between critical thinking and critical writing in a way that will be both enjoyable to the student and helpful in other aspects of life. The student will learn techniques of critical thinking, playing close attention to the current events, movies and popular media, music lyrics, as well as the textbook. Students will learn to identify deductive and inductive arguments and be able to evaluate their strength, create a strong argument of their own on a given topic, as well become experts in the area of critical analysis. The goal is to enable students to become strong, well informed, articulate members of the community as well as individuals with an empowered sense of self as an agent of change. PREREQUISITE: English 1A

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will identify arguments, including the claims, premises, and conclusions they contain and the issues they address.
  • Learners will analyze and evaluate arguments in terms of validity, strength, cogency, and soundness.
  • Learners will identify non-rational means of persuasion, including rhetorical devices, fallacious reasoning (fallacies), cognitive biases, and real-world applications thereof.
  • Learners will compose cogently written argumentative essays supported by well-researched, credible sources and demonstrating clarity, concision, precision, and organization.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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