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Area A-1 Oral Communication

Area A-3  Critical Thinking
  1. Students study about and consciously develop skills in critical thinking.

  2. Knowledge through logical analysis and argument construction is pursued throughout the course.

  3. Instruction develops understanding of logical relationships between premises and conclusions.

  4. Instruction develops ability to recognize more common formal and informal fallacies.

  5. Grading reflects emphasis on logical processes.

  6. Develops basic skills, applicable to a variety of academic subjects and to the fulfillment of such roles as citizen, consumer, leader and moral agent.

    1. Skill in evaluating the validity, strength and relevance of arguments.
    2. A sense of logical structure of both inductive and deductive forms.
    3. Awareness of uses and abuses of argument language, including connotation, ambiguity and definition.
    4. Skill in handling a variety of arguments in variety of contexts.
    5. Ability to argue fairly and to handle bias, emotion, and propaganda.
Students will:
  1. Locate the argument in a passage

  2. Detect errors of reasoning and explain how the reasoning is in error.

  3. Evaluate evidence and make appropriate inferences from that evidence.

  4. Construct and defend an argument in support of or in opposition to a proposition

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