Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience
Critical Thinking Foundations ENG 201
July 2022 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: assess the evidence to support different types of claims; describe how to reconstruct an argument from contexts that undermine claims used in arguments; recognize language issues, such as ambiguity, vagueness, extraneous material, buzz words, and incomplete information; apply thinking and reasoning with categories; translate natural language into the symbolic language of propositional logic; demonstrate how a truth table is constructed to test arguments for validity; evaluate the acceptability of premises, the relevance to a conclusion, and support of that conclusion; distinguish between deductive and inductive arguments; identify the rules of deductive inference and proof strategies; describe the basics of reasoning with probability claims; draw inferences using different types of inductive argument; recognize the difference between, and types, of formal and informal fallacies.
Major topics taught in this course include: Supporting claims through evidence, reconstruction of arguments, identification of language, logic and reasoning, deductive and inductive arguments, inferences and fallacies.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Critical Thinking (7/22).