Critical Thinking

PHIL 2110

Spring 2002

Professor Donohoe

 

 

1. Learning Outcomes:  By examining format and style of argument, we will discover the characteristics good arguments and bad arguments.  We will apply the concepts of logical thinking to arguments that we use and hear in everyday life through analyzing newspaper articles and contemporary issues.

 

Each of these learning outcomes is related to the mission of the Department.  Specifically, these learning outcomes provide for independent and critical thinking and the affirmation of the equal dignity of each person.

 

2. Requirements:  The requirements for the class are fivefold.

 

            a)  attendance and participation                                     10%

            b)  quizzes                                                                                15%

            c)  midterm exam                                                                      25%

            d)  written and oral assignments                                     25%

            e)  final exam                                                                            25%

 

In order to meet these requirements it will be necessary to attend class regularly, to do the assigned reading, and to complete the assignments.  Assignments will not be accepted after their due date unless it has been discussed with me before the due date.

 

3.  Availability:  I am available outside of class during office hours, or by appointment.  If there are questions or problems do not hesitate to see me. 

 

hours:  M,W, F  9:00-10:00 am; M, W  2-4:00 pm

office:  Humanities 148

phone:  770-838-3012

e-mail:  jdonohoe@westga.edu

 

4.  The following book is required for the course and should be available in the bookstore.

 

            Critical Thinking         by Parker and Moore (California: Mayfield Publishing, 6th ed., 2001)


January

7                      Introduction.  What is Critical Thinking?

9                      Chapter 1

11                     Chapter 1

14                     Chapter 8

16                     Chapter 8

18                     Chapter 8 (1st assignment due—newspaper)

21                     MLK Day—no classes

23                     Chapter 2

25                     Chapter 2

28                     Chapter 2

30                     Chapter 3 (2nd assignment due—writing)

February

1                      Chapter 3

4                      Chapter 3

6                      Chapter 4 (quiz on outlining arguments)

8                      Chapter 4

11                     On How to give an argumentative speech

13                     in-class speeches—attendance required

15                     in-class speeches—attendance required

18                     Chapter 5

20                     Chapter 5

22                     Chapter 5

25                     Chapter 6 (quiz on slants and fallacies)

27                     Chapter 6

March

1                      Chapter 6

4                      Chapter 6

6                      Midterm Exam

8                      Chapter 7

11                     Chapter 7

13                     Chapter 7 (3rd assignment due—newspaper)

15                     Chapter 9

18-22                Spring Break—no classes

25                     Chapter 9

27                     in-class speeches—attendance required

29                     in-class speeches—attendance required

April

1                      Chapter 9

3                      Chapter 9

5                      Chapter 9

8                      Chapter 10

10                     Chapter 10

12                     Chapter 10

15                     Chapter 10 (4th assignment due—writing)

17                     Chapter 10

19                     Chapter 11

22                     Chapter 11

24                     Chapter 11 (quiz on deductive proofs)

26                     Chapter 11

29                     Chapter 11

Final exam will be scheduled during finals week.