ASP108 - Critical Thinking


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ASP208
Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The ability to construct sound arguments - and logically evaluate the arguments of others - is an invaluable skill across numerous academic disciplines (including philosophy, politics, science, law, business and media), as well as a broad range of professional contexts beyond the University. This unit provides an introduction to the principles of critical thinking which underlie such skills.

Students will learn how to identify the structure of an argument in a 'logical outline', detect common reasoning errors and fallacies, and construct sound arguments of their own. The course features numerous examples of arguments taken from public discussions that are 'live' at the time of teaching, and students will have a chance to reflect on some of the particular challenges to critical thinking presented by social media and other aspects of 'online life'. This unit teaches valuable foundational skills for a wide range of academic pathways, as well as forming a key foundation for further study in philosophy.

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