How to Reason

An Introduction to Critical Thinking

About the Course

How to Reason: An Introduction to Critical Thinking is a four-week course in rationality that will not teach you what to think, but how to think.

The ability to think critically is perhaps life’s most important skill. Unfortunately, it’s one that many of us lack.

The good news is that a little instruction in critical thinking goes a long way. Our expert-led training will radically improve your ability to analyse problems, weigh evidence, and reason logically.

We’ll give you a system for critically evaluating arguments and aligning your beliefs with reality, so you can see through bullshit and discuss important ideas with confidence.

If you want to sharpen your reasoning and problem-solving skills, then this is the perfect course for you.

About the Course

How to Reason: An Introduction to Critical Thinking is a four-week course in rationality that will not teach you what to think, but how to think.

The ability to think critically is perhaps life’s most important skill. Unfortunately, it’s one that many of us lack.

The good news is that a little instruction in critical thinking goes a long way. Our expert-led training will radically improve your ability to analyse problems, weigh evidence, and reason logically.

We’ll give you a system for critically evaluating arguments and aligning your beliefs with reality, so you can see through bullshit and discuss important ideas with confidence.

If you want to sharpen your reasoning and problem-solving skills, then this is the perfect course for you.

About your instructor

Dr Peter Ellerton

Dr Peter Ellerton is one of the world’s foremost experts on critical thinking pedagogies. He is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Thinking and the Curriculum Director at the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project.

He has consulted and produced papers for various organisations including the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the NSW Department of Education, the Australian Defence Force, NSW Ombudsman, and many private and public schools.

Course structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

  • Assigned readings,
  • Live lectures,
  • Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
  • and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Can’t make the live classes? No dramas! All lessons are recorded and accessible forever.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

Lecture Schedule

  • Session 1 | How we think we think
  • Session 2 | What is critical thinking?
  • Session 3 | Arguments in the Wild:
    • Analysing the Structure of Arguments
  • Session 4 | Evaluating Reasons:
    • Clarity
    • Coherence
    • Reproducibility
    • Other Values of Inquiry

What You'll Learn

Errors

Common errors in reasoning

Structure

The structure of arguments

Characteristics

The characteristics of a good (and bad) reason for believing something

Communicate

How to communicate effectively

Course dates

August 2022

$299AUD | Class Dates

All classes run from 7.00 PM AEST to 8.30 PM AEST
• Week 1: Tue 2 August, 2022
• Week 2: Tue 9 August, 2022
• Week 3: Tue 16 August, 2022
• Week 4: Tue 23 August, 2022

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