This course aims to a) make students more aware of their own thinking processes; b) help them develop those processes; and c) help them bring those skills to bear on college-level intellectual activity.
This involves an emphasis on the skills and strategies of close reading and analysis as well as practice in the recognition, construction and evaluation of arguments.
Selected articles posted on Electronic Reserve at [Please note: the Chaffee text contains numerous “Thinking Activities” and “Questions for Analysis.” You are not required to write up any of these unless you are expressly instructed to do so.
Any such instructions will appear under “Learning Activities” in the modules that follow.] This course consists of 10 modules.
Grading criteria shall appear in the syllabus along with pass/fail assessment criteria.
Lifelong learning courses that already employ a grading system such as Quantitative Reasoning and Collaborative Learning will continue to use this system.
Your instructor will be happy to work with you on these points, on a draft-revision basis, if you so desire.
You are also encouraged to consult the Writing Resources page on the SCPS website.
In pursuing these goals, we touch on principles of logic, styles of persuasion and techniques of propaganda.
We also consider some methods of thinking outside the box.