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Course Description

This course is designed to develop clarity of thought and method in the analysis and construction of arguments. By contrast to PHIL*2110, the emphasis here is upon informal principles of critical thinking and arguments stated in terms of ordinary language. Topics include the nature and methods of arguing, classification, definition and fallacies.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Distinguish arguments from non-arguments
  • Identify different argument types
  • Understand and apply  basic logical concepts
  • Utilize strategies appropriate to different argument types in order to evaluate arguments
  • Understand basic issues and concepts in the psychological study of reasoning
  • More effectively distinguish science from pseudo science
  • Recognize a range of mistakes in reasoning – the “fallacies”

Course Topics

  • Claims and Definitions
  • Arguments
  • Reasoning with Special Kinds of Claims
  • Reasoning about Experience
  • Possibility
  • Personal Experience and Truth
  • Knowledge and Science

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits or (1 of PHIL*1000, PHIL*1010, PHIL*1050)



Weight %

Online Quizzes


Group Discussion Participation


Assignment 1


Assignment 2


On Campus Final Exam


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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