We use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time to assess, evaluate and make decisions about what to believe or how to proceed – even for the mundane things. The free online course “Logical and Critical Thinking” by the University of Auckland aims to help you develop and improve these skills. The course provides videos, articles, and assignments to explore key concepts in logical and critical thinking and apply those concepts in familiar areas, to help you develop practical and useful logical and critical thinking skills.
Logical and Critical Thinking Course Content
The course includes:
- an introduction to logical and critical thinking and common obstacles and fallacies;
- components of a good argument, premises, conclusions, constructing an argument in standard form;
- deductive and non-deductive arguments, validity, invalidity, strength, and weakness;
- good and bad arguments, how to tell when an argument is sound or cogent, and how to evaluate an argument;
- logical and critical thinking in science, law, and morality;
- applying the lessons of the course in our own lives.
- Tutors: Tim Dare and Patrick Girard from the University of Auckland;
- Duration: 8 weeks x 4 hours per week
- Next Start Date: 18 September 2017
- Certificates available