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The goal of this course is to sharpen your ability to think effectively. Critical thinking helps us to understand ourselves and the world around us. We may use our critical thinking skills in a wide range of situations from identifying and correcting problems on a national or global scale to achieving our personal goals. Critical thinking enables us to solve problems and to make the best choices in our academic, professional, and personal lives. Effective thinking involves close attention to detail, an ability to stand back from situations, weighing of pros and cons (the positive and negative attributes involved in every situation), and ultimately a willingness to make decisions on the basis of information that has been collected and to take responsibility for those decisions once they have been made. In this way, critical thinking involves how we see the world, how we organize what we see, and how we behave in the world.

In our society, the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are essential to critical thinking. The exchange of ideas with others is a crucial component of critical thinking in action. For this reason, each week you will have a chapter to read, a homework quiz to complete, and extensive class discussions via Blackboard. Everyone will be expected to contribute. Your success in this course depends on your willingness to commit yourself to developing the thinking potentials that you possess.

Goals and Objectives

·         Recognize and develop attitudes and characteristics (traits) of effective thinkers, learners, and communicators. Evaluate and improve structures and processes of thinking, learning, and communicating by practicing systematic reflection, establishing intellectual standards, and striving for originality.

·         Apply critical and creative thinking skills to problem solving, decision-making, and meaning making in various contexts.

·         Assess and improve the effectiveness of interpretations, solutions, and decisions, or other outcomes of thinking by evaluating them according to standards of thinking.

·         Recognize and understand topics, explicit and implicit main ideas, supporting details, and patterns of organization of text by representing them in notes, outlines, annotations, mind maps, and summaries.

·         Recognize others’ and one’s own purpose, point of view, tone and style as represented in linguistic text.

·         Distinguish between fact and opinion and detect bias.

·         Draw valid inferences and conclusions.

·         Recognize, understand, develop, and demonstrate ability with deductive and inductive reasoning processes.

·         Assess the credibility of others’ and one's own reasoning.

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