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STUDY PLANS
2020/2021

Critical Thinking

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
U04E0204 ZK 3 0P+2C English
Lecturer:
Eva Císlerová (guarantor)
Tutor:
Eva Císlerová (guarantor)
Supervisor:
Institute of Language Studies
Synopsis:

The primary objective of the course is to become familiar with the essentials of correct argumentation and improve students' analytical and problem-solving skills. Through the discussion and practical use of advanced methods of argumentation, the course develops students' understanding of the essential principles involved in the practice of reasoned decision making with the emphasis on their practical application in case studies discussing recent socioeconomic and political issues. The writing and language skills developed in this course might be used across the curriculum.

Requirements:
Syllabus of lectures:
Syllabus of tutorials:

Osnova cvičení (anglicky)

1. Introduction to the problem of critical thinking, course routines and requirements

2. Basic concepts; Case study no. 1

3. Claims, Arguments; Case study no. 1

4. Common Argument Types and their Structures; Case study no. 2

5. Clarity, Vagueness, Ambiguity; Case study no. 2

6. Sample test (in-class essay) and its evaluation

7. Credibility, Case study no. 3

8. Rhetorical devices; Case study no. 3

9. Rhetorical devices Case study no. 4

10. Sample test (in-class essay) and its evaluation

11. Logical fallacies, Case study no. 5

12. Logical fallacies, Case study no. 5

13. Logical fallacies, Case study no. 6

14. Final test (in-class test)

Possible assessment in case of the need to assess the subject online includes an online test using a suitable LMS platform (e.g. Moodle) complemented by an online oral exam.

Study Objective:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

. conceptualize, apply, analyse, synthesize, and evaluate information more effectively

. critically reflect though processes including their own

. present rational and logical arguments to support their decision-making process

. creatively solve task-based based problems using team-work and cooperation

Study materials:

Povinná literatura:

Štefl, M. Critical Thinking. Studijní opora oddělení Jazykových studií ČVUT MÚVS.

Doporučená literatura:

Swatridge, C. Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking. Oxford: OUP, 2014.ISBN 987-0-19-967172-4

Murray, R. M., Kujundzic, N. Critical Reflection: A Textbook For Critical Thinking. McGill-Queen's University Press; April 2005. ISBN: 0-7735-2879-2.

Bowell, T. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. London: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-47182-4.

Fisher, A. Critical Thinking: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-107-40198-3.

Note:
Further information:
http://moodle-vyuka.cvut.cz/course/view.php?id=142
Time-table for winter semester 2020/2021:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
roomDEJ:203
Císlerová E.
12:30–14:00
(parallel nr.101)
Dejvice
Učebna
Tue
roomDEJ:203
Císlerová E.
10:45–12:15
(parallel nr.102)
Dejvice
Učebna
Fri
Thu
Fri
Time-table for summer semester 2020/2021:
Time-table is not available yet
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2020-09-25
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet5145906.html