2 credits; 8 weeks
The focus of this course is on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments.
Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.