iversity MOOC: Critical Thinking – Reason and Fair Play in Communication

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: everyone around the globe who would like to nurture their knowledge in critical thinking; usage of reasoning in our daily communication; inductive reasoning as scientific basis and key ingredient in how we understand reality
Venue: on-line


The “Critical Thinking – Reason and Fair Play in Communication” is being launched on 4 November, 2014. This interdisciplinary course is an introduction in Critical Thinking, with an emphasis on using reason in our daily communication. Its main topics cover the structure and analysis of arguments, the study of inductive reasoning as basis for scientific knowledge and as key ingredient in how we understand reality. Next the course will focus on fallacies (like loaded question or hasty generalization) and on guidelines for structuring a presentation, an argumentative essay or a debate. Furthermore, the course gives you an overview of cognitive biases (a fashionable topic nowadays), and on the use of emotional tools in persuasion. The teaching is accompanied by tons of documented experiments and fun examples, guided practice, quizzes, links to additional materials (like TED talks) and short homework.

What will you learn?

After taking this course you will have the tools to analyze the truth of all kinds of statements, from opinion articles to court verdicts and investment proposals. You will better understand the philosophical basis of human knowledge, also you will be more persuasive in domestic talks as well as in good structured presentations, debates or argumentative essays. Furthermore, a main goal of this course is that you will be able to recognize and refute the most common fallacies (reasoning errors), and understand irrational behavior.

What do you need to know?

No prior knowledge is needed for this course, participants should only come equipped with natural curiosity and a respect for the truth.

How to Enroll?

You can enroll for free at this online course at the iversity platform HERE. The course will take you approximately 2 hours per week for watching video lectures, taking quizzes and completing homework assignments.

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