CRTK1300 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 2 - Critical Thinking - Intro to Critical Thinking is a practical course in critical thinking. It develops monological and multilogical and ethical reasoning skills and explores creative and logical approaches to problem solving. It examines how our thinking skills affect our personal identities, our relationships with others, and our understanding of culture. It analyzes systems of ideas, multiple perspectives on issues, and differing analytical approaches. It develops the higher order thinking skills, intellectual values, and the qualities of thought important for personal integrity, academic success, and effective citizenship.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Solve problems using creative thinking and logical reasoning.
  • Distinguish between facts, assumptions, inferences and implications in
    beliefs and arguments.
  • Apply effective problem solving techniques to monological and multilogical problems.
  • Apply strategies for reducing the effect of bias and prejudice on thinking.
  • Analyze the Elements of Thought (Purpose, Questions, Information,
    Inferences, Assumptions, Point of View, Concepts, and Implications) in decision
  • Apply ethical reasoning to problem solving situations.
  • Apply the Intellectual Virtues (Intellectual Humility, Empathy,
    Integrity, Courage, Autonomy, Perseverance and Confidence in Reason) to the evaluation of beliefs, arguments, and theories.
  • Demonstrate the Intellectual Standards (accuracy, precision, clarity, breadth, depth, significance, logic, and fairness) in coursework


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other