The special skills of critical thinking and reasoning are an important part of daily reactions to what you hear, think, and read. This course is designed to present you with a set of systematic strategies which should increase your abilities to react critically and to form arguments. Arguers seek to gain the acceptance of others for their point of view. This class will help you to learn the art of asking the "right" questions, including right questions about your own thoughts.
You will learn the art of mustering reasons, of obtaining useful data, of pinpointing the real issue and noticing when an arguer evades it, and of offering critical opinions based on those evaluations.
Critical thinking isn't just an art; it is a disposition and a commitment. This course is especially appropriate for students who are interested in careers in law, public service, education, the ministry, or any position requiring leadership and advocacy activities. While the course is not designed to teach you formal debating skills, your informal strategies for advocating and arguing positions will be honed as we examine reasoning in speeches, conversations, essays, and group deliberations.