In the age of the Internet, we are bombarded with information. How can we determine what is true and what is false? Critical thinking is the process of assessing and evaluating information to determine its validity. This course defines what critical thinking is, and how to develop the potential that all students have to be good critical thinkers. We need to recognize that our thoughts are a complex collection of psychological, social, and biological influences that shape much of what we believe. To be an effective critical thinker, a person must learn how to discipline their thinking. This requires a purposeful, conscious effort. Through a variety of readings and case studies, students will learn how to identify what is fact, what is false, and what belongs to the realm of opinion.
Credit Hours: Lecture – 3, Lab – 0, Credits – 3