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This course examines the basic elements of critical thinking and analysis in the social sciences and sciences. Its overarching aim is to facilitate discussion and appreciation of the role and contribution of social research and criticism in a broad range of disciplinary and social contexts. The course combines theory and practice in order to encourage active learning, higher order thinking, reflection, interpersonal communication, cultural sensitivity and collaboration.
Students undertake critical analysis assignments to develop key skills in understanding theoretical meaning, analysis and reasoning, and effective argumentation. Classes focus on critical analysis tasks based on academic, policy and opinion texts and require students to understand, analyse and produce effective arguments and responses in spoken and written forms as appropriate for various assessment tasks.
Themes in the course include values, attitudes, norms, claims and opinions, deductive and inductive reasoning, logical argument, evidence, and ethics.