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Thinking Critically


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Full course description




1.5 Hours






What you'll learn:

Critical thinking is an often underutilized way of working through arguments, and few people possess this valuable skillset. Thinking critically is becoming a skill that employers are increasingly listing in job descriptions and a skill they expect their employees to possess. Unfortunately, many programs lack in teaching the basics of argument and critical thinking. In this course, you’ll learn that critical thinking involves examining information carefully, logically, and analyzing whether or not your reasoning is sound.

Module and Content:

Students will practice applying the skills and concepts presented in this course to a real-world issue. Students will explore what it means to think critically through challenging activities and examples, including different arguments. The course assessments allow students to check their understanding of the key concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand critical thinking.
  • Identify arguments.
  • Assess the credibility of an argument.
  • Explore weaknesses in an argument.
  • Overcome obstacles to critical thinking.
  • Avoid deductive reasoning fallacies.
  • Avoid inductive reasoning fallacies.
  • Become a critical thinker.


Meet the instructor

Robert Kirsch, PhD

Dr. Robert Kirsch is Assistant Professor of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on theories of institutional change, development and evolution, as well as cultivating critical perspectives in leadership theory.