PHIL 105G Critical Thinking

PHIL 105G | Open Schedule | Summer School, Semester One and Semester Two 2017 | City Campus | 15 points


You will learn how to:

  • Systematically evaluate your beliefs and develop techniques to form good beliefs and avoid bad ones.
  • Recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments.
  • Identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs. use basic logical tools to analyse arguments.

You will apply these skills in a number of areas including science, moral theories and law.

PHIL 105 and PHIL 105G are also offered online. Both the in-person and online versions of the course cover the same material, although topics may be covered at different times and in different formats.

In person: 24 lectures (2 per week) and 11 tutorial/discussion groups (1 per week from the second week). If you enrol in the in-person version you must select a tutorial. Lectures will be recorded, but are designed to be delivered and listened to in person.

Online: Delivered through short videos and articles specifically designed for online consumption. Instead of tutorials, there will be monitored discussion groups.

You must choose between the in-person and online versions. You can change between the two versions in the first 2 weeks of the semester (subject to there being spaces available in the in-person course). You can’t switch between the two versions after the normal deadline for changing your enrolment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Detect bad reasoning, and understand why it is bad.
  • Construct good and persuasive arguments.
  • Recognise common mistakes in reasoning.
  • Understand basic analytic philosophical terminology and methodology.


Coursework (50%)
Final examination (50%)

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