Critical Thinking (PHIL*2100) | College of Arts

Critical Thinking (PHIL*2100)

Code and section: PHIL*2100*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: Yussif Yakabu


Critical Thinking introduces students to the systematic evaluation and formulation of beliefs or viewpoints by rational standards. The course is intended to enhance the student’s reasoning and analytical skills, and to inculcate in the student a critical disposition in both his/her academic and non-academic life. This is not a discipline-specific course. Students from all academic disciplines stand to benefit equally from the skills developed in this course. Students will be introduced to

the variety of modes by which people try to persuade others to accept any particular position or point of view. The course provides students the tools to analyze claims, views and beliefs – particularly, the arguments that support such claims. We shall study the principles of argument formulation and, evaluation.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.