* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
This unit provides an introduction to basic concepts important to critical thought and helps students develop skills in critical thinking and analysis. What provokes thinking? What is it that we do when we think? What makes an argument convincing? How much evidence is required to support an argument, and what counts as evidence anyway? How does 'inferential reasoning' work, and why is it helpful to know how to do it? Why is dialogue important and what happens when it breaks down? What are the limits of rational argument? What roles do images and feelings play in arguments and other forms of persuasion? Whose voices count as important? How can you develop your own voice in writing and critical argument? Students will apply the knowledge they gain through lectures to a series of practical exercises begun in class and tutorials and completed at home. These exercises will not be graded, but they will be read and commented on by the lecturer or tutor, and they must be completed in order for the student to receive credit for having taken the unit. On completion of the unit students will be well prepared to undertake 100 level units in the Faculty of Arts, in particular HPA103 Critical and Creative Thinking.
Based on tutorial participation and written assignments totalling at least 2,500 words (Pass or Fail only - ungraded pass).
Internal: 1 hour web-based recorded lecture and 2 hours tutorial per week
Distance: 1 hour web-based recorded lecture and 2 hours web-based tutorial per week
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web supported - H Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
Web dependent - I,L,N,W Some parts of this unit will be taught online
Resource supported teaching & learning - H,I,L,N,W Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
Flexible scheduling - I,L,N,W Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.