BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PHIL-100 - Critical Thinking - 3.00 Credits

PHIL-100 - Critical Thinking - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
While the truth of an argument rests upon a statement's correspondence to the facts of the matter, the logical strength of an argument rests upon the degree to which the claims and evidence actually support the overall conclusion of the argument. This course provides students with the philosophical concepts and critical skills necessary to assess the logical strength of arguments to determine when an argument constitutes a logically strong argument and when, conversely, it constitutes an argument in appearance only. This course offers a much-needed practical foundation in critical thinking skills that will enable students to become stronger thinkers in their own writing and more adept critics of texts ranging from television commercials to political texts of major social significance.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree- Criminology - Year 1
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 3
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • understand and use the core terminology and concepts required for analyzing arguments;

  • analyze and assess arguments in both media culture and political texts on the basis of formal logical requirements; and

  • apply the principles of logically sound and ethical argumentation in writing and speaking.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Hughes, William. Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Basic Skills, 3rd Ed. Broadview Press, 2002.

  • Rosengarten, Herbert and Jane Flick, eds. The Broadview Reader, 3rd Ed. Broadview Press, 1999.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Subject to Education Council/Board approval.