PHILO103-18A (HAM)

Critical Thinking

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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: paula.maynard@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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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. These skills are useful both in university study and in the wider world, for example in jobs in policy analysis or business analysis, and in making everyday ethical and political decisions such as who to vote for, whether to give money to charity and if so how much and which charity, etc.
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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 of the semester.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Recognise, extract, and reconstruct an argument from a 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
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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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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. 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 100:0 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 overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz 1
17 Mar 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Quiz 2
6 Apr 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 1
12 Apr 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 2
3 May 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Quiz 3
19 May 2018
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Final test
31 May 2018
2:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
7. Assignment 3
8 Jun 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Participation
15
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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Online Support

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Lecture slides will be available on Moodle in advance of the lecture. You may like to bring them along to the lecture (either on a device or as a printout) so that you can make additional notes on them during the lecture.

All assessment is done on Moodle except for the in-class test, and feedback on assignments will be through Moodle.

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Workload

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The workload for this paper is 10 hours per week throughout the semester, including mid-semester break and study week.
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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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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHIL103

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