PHL191 Analysis & Eval of Argument
Analyzing arguments, recognizing arguments when they occur, discerning simple logical patterns of argument, extracting arguments from the contexts in which they occur, restating them in clear and concise terms and clearing away needless language in formulating arguments. Common reasoning errors involving fallacies are identified and presented with logical alternatives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).
Distance Education: Web Course Information
- From the Instructor:
- As the world becomes more complex, the ability to reason correctly about complex issues is critical for truthful communication and effective action. Hence, reasoning skills are fundamental skills for success--perhaps more than ever before. Fortunately, critical thinking can be improved through study and habitual practice. ..... In this course, we will examine what we do when we reason well and some of the ways our critical thinking can go wrong. We will also investigate what to look for when we are attempting to understand and evaluate the thinking of others. The primary purpose of this course is to equip ourselves with the fundamental critical thinking skills necessary for correct reasoning and mature thinking. The primary methods of this course are focused study, philosophical reflection, diligent practice with critical-thinking exercises, and rational discourse. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores are acceptable.
- Course Specific Requirements:
- >> Required Text: Becoming a Critical Thinker (BCT): A User Friendly Manual; Diestler, Sherry, 6th ed., Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2012. ..... >> Personal computer with Internet access (the PCC Library Computer Lab is another option: http://www.pcc.edu/library/services/computers.html) ..... >> Adobe Reader XI (Download a free copy at: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html) ..... >> Adobe Flash Player (Download a free copy at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/)
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Notes: 10 week course, June 23 - August 30.
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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