This series of four short courses will teach you how to do it well. You will learn simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning. We will discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you.
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PART I: HOW TO ANALYZE ARGUMENTS
Week 1: How to Spot an ArgumentWeek 2: How to Untangle an Argument Week 3: How to Reconstruct an Argument Quiz #1: At the end of Week 3, students will take their first quiz.
PART II: HOW TO EVALUATE DEDUCTIVE ARGUMENTS
Week 4: Propositional Logic and Truth Tables Week 5: Categorical Logic and Syllogisms Week 6: Representing InformationQuiz #2: At the end of Week 6, students will take their second quiz.
PART III: HOW TO EVALUATE INDUCTIVE ARGUMENTS
Week 7: Inductive Arguments Week 8: Causal Reasoning Week 9: Chance and Choice Quiz #3: At the end of Week 9, students will take their third quiz.
PART IV: HOW TO MESS UP ARGUMENTS
Week 10: Fallacies of Unclarity Week 11: Fallacies of Relevance and of Vacuity Week 12: Refutation Quiz #4: At the end of Week 12, students will take their fourth quiz.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Each week will be divided into multiple video segments that can be grouped as three lectures or viewed separately. There will be short exercises after each segment (to check comprehension) and several longer midterm quizzes. Forum discussions as an additional content agora.
many exercises after each lectures4 midterm quizzesEvery student who achieves an average grade of 70 or better on the four quizzes will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the professors. Every student who achieves an average grade of 85 or better on the four quizzes will receive a Statement of Accomplishment With Distinction signed by the professors.