PHIL103-16A (HAM)

Critical Reasoning

15 Points

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Te Kura Kete Aronui
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

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Paper Description

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This paper is designed to help students to improve their skills in identifying, interpreting, analysing and evaluating arguments, and also in constructing good arguments of their own.
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Paper Structure

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Students will attend two 50 minute lectures and one 50 minute tutorial per week.

Students should sign up for a tutorial on the course Moodle page. Tutorials will begin on Friday of the first week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Recognise, extract, and re-construct an argument from any written text or verbal communication
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  • Write a detailed analytical commentary on reasoned arguments
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  • Identify, analyse, and avoid fallacies
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  • Understand and recognise the difference between argument and rhetoric
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  • Have an elementary understanding of the relationship between evidence, knowledge, and truth and an appreciation of the folly of naïve relativism
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Assessment

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This paper is wholly internally assessed. Each piece of assessment has been designed to enable students to demonstrate their grasp of essential concepts and techniques at progressive stages of the paper and for teaching staff to assess the progress they are making and to adjust lecture plans if necessary.
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Internally Assessed Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of internal markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz 1
18 Mar 2016
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1
7 Apr 2016
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz 2
15 Apr 2016
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 2
12 May 2016
11:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Quiz 3
20 May 2016
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Final test
9 Jun 2016
2:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
7. Assignment 3
16 Jun 2016
11:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Participation
15
Internal Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Bowell, T. & G. Kemp. 2014. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide (4th edition). London: Routledge.
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Recommended Readings

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The student is encouraged to enquire with the convenor, lecturer, or tutors for recommended readings if any of the topics discussed in class are especially interesting.
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Online Support

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Electronic communication (i.e., email and Moodle announcements) is a rapid, efficient, and cost-effective form of communication. Consequently, reliance on electronic communication is expanding among students, faculty, and staff and administration at the University of Waikato. Because of this increasing reliance and acceptance of electronic communication, forms of electronic communication have become in fact the means of official communication to students, faculty, and staff. This policy acknowledges this fact. Convenors, lecturers, and tutors will make an effort to post announcements, schedule changes to Moodle in a timely manner, as well as respond to student enquiries within 48-hours of receiving a correspondence.
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Workload

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The workload for this paper is 10 hour per week throughout the semester, or 12 hours a week during teaching weeks.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Philosophy is the very crucible from which all other disciplines evolved, so this paper links with every other paper in the offing at university.
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