CRC19: Courses

PHIL 320 Logic and Critical Reasoning

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

An introduction to basic principles and frameworks of logic and critical thinking appropriately used in argument analysis: deduction, induction, fallacy recognition. Emphasis on developing analytical skills and applying principles of good reasoning to the arguments encountered in life. Argument topics from academic fields and textbooks, the electronic and print media, advertisements, politics and ethics may be considered. The quality and quantity of the course's required writing will reflect the standards of a second semester composition course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

identify important questions and conceptions, distinguish from among divergent interpretations those that are better supported and those that are less well supported; construct well supported interpretations of diverse viewpoints; and reason well about written and oral discourse (SLO1, PSLO2).