Critical Thinking

Course description

The course is a high-level thought course in the discipline of philosophy. It is a philosophical inquiry that takes argumentation and reasoning as its basic objects of investigation and attempts to introduce the fundamental concepts of logic and methods of logical argumentation and reasoning and critical thinking. It includes evaluation of the methods by which we form beliefs, weigh evidence, assess hypotheses and arguments, and analyze reasoning. This course is designed to help students to develop not only the ability to construct reliable and logically defendable arguments of their own and rationally evaluate the arguments of others, but also the abilities and skills of critical thinking. The primary aim of this course is to teach students essential skills of analyzing, evaluating, and constructing arguments, and to sharpen their ability to execute the skills in thinking and writing, and thus better prepare them to succeed in the world. The understanding of the methods by which we develop our own arguments, form beliefs, weigh evidence, assess hypotheses and arguments, and analyze reasoning will help you rationally evaluate the credibility of claims and arguments you encounter in media and in everyday conversation. Students also learn to become aware of errors in reasoning and judgment, which we all occasionally commit. Finally, you will learn to develop your own arguments with clarity and precision.

Course outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Understand the basic essence and areas of philosophy
• Recognize the components and types of arguments
• Develop the skill to construct and evaluate arguments
• Understand the relationship between logic and language
• Recognize the forms of meanings of words and terms
• Comprehend the types, purposes and techniques of definitions
• Understand the concept, principles and criteria of critical thinking
• Cultivate the habits of critical thinking and develop sensitivity to clear and accurate usage of language
• Recognize the various forms of formal and informal fallacies
• Understand the components, attributes and representations of categorical propositions

Course contents

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🔽 0 h 36 min | Logic and Philosophy
  • Introduction
  • Meaning and definition of philosophy
  • Core branches of philosophy
  • Importance of learning logic and philosophy
🔽 0 h 43 min | Basic Concepts of Logic
  • Introduction
  • Basic concepts of logic
  • Techniques of recognizing arguments
  • Types of arguments
  • Evaluation of arguments
🔽 0 h 39 min | Logic and Language
  • Introduction
  • Logic and meaning
  • Logic and definition
  • Criteria for lexical definitions
🔽 0 h 31 min | Basic Concepts of Critical Thinking
  • Introduction
  • Meaning and definition of critical thinking
  • Principles of critical thinking
  • Criterion/standard of argument good argument
  • Factors affecting critical thinking
  • Relevance of critical thinking
🔽 0 h 38 min | Logical Reasoning and Fallacies
  • Induction
  • Types of fallacies: Formal and informal
  • Categories of informal fallacies
🔽 0 h 29 min | Categorical Propositions
  • Introduction
  • Categorical propositions


This course includes:

    3 h 36 min recorded video

    Downloadable resources (books and articles)

    One year access

    Access on mobile and TV

    Beginner Level

    Certificate of completion


1 year of access
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