In English 103, students examine the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. This course focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative/persuasive writing, and logical reasoning.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 103 are:
· Evaluate the strength of written, visual, and multimedia arguments on a range of different issues and controversies.
· Compose logical, well-reasoned arguments on selected topics such as popular culture, politics, social issues, and moral and ethical issues.
To achieve these goals, students will learn to:
· Identify the issue of an argument.
· Recognize the conclusion/claim of an argument.
· Delineate the different types of evidence and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
· Explain the importance of assumptions. Ambiguous language, and hidden premises in arguments in general and recognize them in specific arguments.
· List the most common logical fallacies (errors of thinking) and analyze them in specific arguments, including one's own.
· Differentiate different types of appeals, such as pathos, ethos, and logos.
· Evaluate the soundness of assumptions in specific arguments.
· Select reliable sources for the evidence in an argument.
· Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a written argument.
· Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a visual or multimedia argument (such as an ad, an image, or a film).
· Analyze one's own thinking for various forms of bias, such as the mine-is-better perspective or similar types of ethnocentric/egocentric perspectives.
· Provide adequate and valid reasoning and evidence to support an opinion.
· Organize an argument essay so that its reasoning structure is clear and logical.
· Demonstrate good writing skills, including control of sentence structure, minimal subject-verb and noun-pronoun agreement errors, consistent point of view, proper punctuation, correct spelling, and correct MLA documentation style for material from external sources.
· Analyze the principles of logical reasoning.