PHILO103-22A (NET)

Critical Thinking

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

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: monique.mulder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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The paper is designed to help students improve their skills in identifying, interpreting, analysing, and evaluating arguments and to teach students how to deal fairly with others in argumentative contexts. These skills are useful both in other university papers and in the wider world.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught entirely online, through Moodle. Moodle is the University’s online learning platform: you can access it at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz. Lessons, exercises, tests, videos, assignment details, important dates, discussion forums, and a link to the paper outline are all available through Moodle. On Moodle, you will be expected to participate in online forums; to complete lessons, exercises, and tests; and to submit assignments.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Recognise arguments
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  • Reconstruct and evaluate arguments
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  • Distinguish good arguments from bad arguments
    including identifying which arguments a person should be persuaded by, and which they should not
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  • Identify, analyse, and avoid fallacies
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  • Deal fairly with others in argumentative contexts
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Assessment

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This paper is wholly internally assessed. The assessment consists of:

  • Two assignments (35%)
  • Two online tests (25%)
  • Moodle lessons (15%)
  • Forum participation (15%)
  • Moodle exercises (10%)
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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. Exercises
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Lessons
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Forum participation
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 1
2 Apr 2022
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 1
23 Apr 2022
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Test 2
11 Jun 2022
11:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Assignment 2
16 Jun 2022
11:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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Stephanie Gibbons and Justine Kingsbury, How To Think Critically, TopHat Publishing. This is an interactive online textbook, and it includes exercises at the end of each chapter to help you practice the skills that you are learning. You can buy it for AUS$35 through this platform https://app.tophat.com/e/009724. Further instructions will be available on Moodle. You can also access the textbook for free if you are physically in either the main university library in Hamilton or the campus library in Tauranga.
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Other Resources

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Other resources will be made available on Moodle, and you should make use of them.
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Online Support

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This course is taught through Moodle, and a variety of materials will be available there to assist you with the course material.
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Workload

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You are expected to spend 150 hours on this course altogether, and that is an average of 10 hours per week including the mid-trimester break and the end of trimester study week. This should be enough time for you to:

  • Carefully work through the online lessons and exercises
  • Read the textbook and complete the practice exercises in it
  • Participate in the Moodle forums
  • Complete the tests and assignments.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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The skills that you acquire in this paper should benefit you in all of your other university papers. The ability to reason well is highly valuable, no matter the topic!
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHIL103

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