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This course asks students to regard critical thinking not only as a set of skills that can be honed, but also as a disposition or mental habit that can be increasingly internalized with practice. Tough the specific topic of the course will be determind by the instructor, students can expect to practice asking meaningful questions, originating answers, evaluating and synthesizing evidence and interrogating their own underlying assumptions — all with the aim of developing their personal aptitudes for curiosity, engagement, persistence, open-mindedness and metacognition.
An introduction to the preparation and presentation of oral communications in a grpu setting. Emphasis will be placed on organization, techniques of self-expression and the identification of skills appropriate to audience and purpose.
Students will learn how to craft extended arguments and incorporate multiple sources into their work. The course will culminate with a longer research project, a component of which will include a research presentation