Critical Thinking in Global Challenges
This is my 4th “-thinking” theme courses, following my completion of Model Thinking, Design Thinking for Biz Innovation and Intro to Mathematical Thinking.
I’m currently also taking the course of Critical Perspectives on Management, these two courses give us a way of thinking things critically, which sometimes could help us to learn more about a story’s insight or the core of a theory.
About the Course
Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions.
This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. To do so, we will use the context of some important global challenges that affect us all, and to which we have no clear “correct” solutions: for example, the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and well-being in the modern world. Possible solutions to global issues such as these are hotly debated, and give the perfect setting to practice recognizing and evaluating facts, ideas, opinions and arguments.
The relevant background information for each global challenge will be provided to ensure that you can complete the exercises. Note, however, this course is not a course on these global challenges themselves; instead it uses the context of these thought-provoking challenges to practice critical thinking.
Week 1: What is Critical thinking, and why is it important?
Week 2: Credibility and Relevance: Understanding where information comes from and the nature of evidence
Week 3: Assessing arguments 1/2
Week 4: Assessing arguments 2/2
Week 5: Developing arguments