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How to Reason: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
About this Online Live Course
How to Reason: An Introduction to Critical Thinking is a four-week course that will not teach you what to think, but how to think.
August Class Dates
Please ensure the class times are suitable in your local timezone.
All classes run from 7.00 PM - 8.30 PM AEST
- Week 1: Tuesday 2 August
- Week 2: Tuesday 9 August
- Week 3: Tuesday 16 August
- Week 4: Tuesday 23 August
Why should I attend?
The ability to think critically is perhaps life's most important skill. Unfortunately, it's a skill that many of us lack.
The good news is that a little instruction in critical thinking goes a long way. Our expert-led training will radically improve your ability to analyse problems, weigh evidence, and reason logically.
- What critical thinking is,
- Common errors in reasoning,
- The structure of arguments,
- The characteristics of a good (and bad) reason for believing something,
- How to communicate effectively, and
- Much more.
This will give you a system for critically evaluating arguments and aligning your beliefs with reality, so you can see through bullsh*t and discuss important ideas with confidence.
If you want to sharpen your reasoning and problem-solving skills, then this is the perfect course for you.
Who is the instructor?
Dr Peter Ellerton is one of the world's foremost experts on critical thinking pedagogies. He is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Thinking and the Curriculum Director at the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project.
He has consulted and produced papers for various organisations including the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the NSW Department of Education, the Australian Defence Force, NSW Ombudsman, and many private and public schools.
4x 90-minute sessions, which take place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.
It is a live and interactive course featuring lectures and reading material, Q&A sessions with the instructor, as well as breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.
What is the class schedule?
- Session 1 | How we think we think
- Session 2 | What is critical thinking?
Session 3 | Arguments in the Wild:
- Analysing the Structure of Arguments
Session 4 | Evaluating Reasons:
- Other Values of Inquiry
- Live online lectures.
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
- Zoom breakout rooms for collaboration with other classmates.
- Downloadable pre-readings.
- Weekly homework tasks.
- Downloadable PDF summaries of the lectures and course.
- Lifetime access to the lecture recordings.
- A certificate of completion.
- The opportunity to make new intellectually curious friends.
Are there any requirements?
All you need is a stable internet connection and a desire to learn.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected].
This course is tied to Critical Thinking: The Basics by Stuart Hanscomb. You can pick up a copy from our store → BUY YOUR COPY