Course Outcomes

This critical thinking skills course will:

  • Offer two methodologies for better critical thinking.
  • Provide common frameworks for outlining an argument.
  • Suggest several methodologies for spotting fallacies and finding errors in logic.
  • Propose a process for making sound decisions.

Course Overview

Strong critical thinking skills enable people to analyze and evaluate information, arguments, and evidence so they can form sound judgments and make decisions. The process involves questioning assumptions, analyzing evidence, and considering multiple perspectives to reach a well-informed and well-reasoned conclusion.

This two-part course introduces the fundamental principles of critical thinking. Through a series of interactive exercises and discussions, participants will learn how to identify and evaluate arguments, assess the credibility of sources, and construct logical and well-supported conclusions.

Segment One Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate critical and creative thinking.
  • Identify the benefits of better critical thinking at work.
  • Practice two critical thinking methodologies.
  • Discuss common frameworks for presenting an argument.

Segment One Modules

  • Hey 19: Flipping the Switch
  • Two Channels: The Faculties of Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Pick a Path: Critical Thinking Templates
  • Follow a Framework: Common Structures

Segment Two Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Use Socratic questioning.
  • Follow the DOUBT method for exploring and refining an argument.
  • Explain the value of the teacher method and when it’s appropriate to use.
  • Identify common logic fallacies.
  • Follow a decision-making methodology.

Segment Two Modules

  • DDT: Dialogue, Doubt, or Teacher
  • Find the Flaw: Common Fallacies
  • Plugging Holes: Looking for Problems
  • Decision Decisions: Making Choices

By the end of this program, learners should have a foundational knowledge of the critical thinking process and several tools they can use to think critically at work and at home.