Singapore University of Social Sciences

Reasoning like a Sceptic (SCO111)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 14 June 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $690 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

This course teaches the basic elements of sound reasoning using the news and fake news as practice material. Students learn what an argument is, how to identify arguments and how to evaluate arguments in news passages. Students also learn to adopt a reasonable sceptical stance towards intuitively plausible arguments that are commonly found in psychology, economics, sociology, and which are commonly cited in the news.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Fake news and cognitive biases
  • Reasons, claims and arguments
  • Healthy scepticism
  • An argument in economics
  • An argument in psychology
  • An argument in sociology

Learning Outcome

  • State the different parts of an argument.
  • Explain the roles of the different parts of an argument.
  • Identify different types of arguments.
  • Conclude sensibly.
  • Paraphrase arguments.
  • Evaluate arguments.
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