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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30527 - SEMINARIO DI CRITICAL THINKING / CRITICAL THINKING SEMINAR

Department of Law


For the instruction language of the course see class group/s below

Go to class group/s: 15 - 16 - 17 - 18

BIEM (1 credits - I sem. - OBBC)
Course Director:
DAMIANO CANALE

Classes: 15 (I sem.) - 16 (I sem.) - 17 (I sem.) - 18 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 15: ELISABETTA LALUMERA, Class 16: ELISABETTA LALUMERA, Class 17: GIOVANNI TUZET, Class 18: GIOVANNI TUZET

Class group/s taught in English

Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with the most important patterns of reasoning used in social sciences and decision-making. This is done by considering the characteristics of these patterns, their diverse applications, and the psychological biases that affect human reasoning. Each session of the seminar starts with a case study to be discussed in class, enhances a specific set of skills, and includes some tests, or experiments, to help students to understand the potential biases in reasoning and judgment.

CONTENT SUMMARY
  • What is an argument?
  • How to challenge an argument.
  • Pragmatics of argumentation.
  • Reasoning with conditionals.
  • Reasoning with analogies and explanations.
  • Reasoning with causes.
  • Reasoning with probabilities.
  • Counterfactual reasoning.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Identify the structure of an argument.
  • Use arguments to counter other arguments.
  • Understand how arguments are used in human communication.
  • Evaluate conditional reasoning.
  • Explain a fact or event by using analogies.
  • Identify the relationship between a cause and an effect.
  • Predict an event based on existing information.
  • Draw a conclusion about reality, by imagining a situation that does not actually take place.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Determine under what conditions an argument is sound.
  • Choose the proper argument to counter other arguments in reasoning.
  • Apply arguments strategically in interpersonal communication.
  • Assess a conclusion based on conditional statements.
  • Determine whether the explanation of a fact is convincing.
  • Determine whether a fact can be considered the cause of another fact.
  • Use statistics to justify a standpoint.
  • Evaluate the relevance of a counterfactual situation in decision-making.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS
  • Exercises: at the end of each session of the seminar the students are provided with a self-evaluation test.
  • Case-studies: each session of the seminar starts with the discussion of a practical case presented through a short video, or through a series of slides.
  • Interactive class activities: the course includes tests and experiments that are carried out in class.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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