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Reasoning Across the Disciplines

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 4 модуль

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Critical reasoning skills are a key success factor for students. They must be able to think logically and form arguments. This course, designed with incoming college freshmen in mind but open to anyone, provides an essential grounding in critical reasoning skills. Faculty from multiple disciplines at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offer guidance on applying critical thinking skills in the context of specific disciplines. By developing these skills, students will learn more, enjoy their courses more, and experience greater academic success. This course will help you understand what critical thinking skills are and why they're so important. You will also learn how critical thinking skills vary across disciplines, as well as see them applied across several fields, including, chemistry, history, psychology, law, English, and American Studies. You will develop your own critical thinking skills by working through scenarios or problems posed by scholars across these fields, and you will better understand how your college courses will differ from your earlier education.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims to develop students’ expertise in the sphere of professional communication in EFL (CEFR C1 and higher) as well as to foster the reasoning and argumentation skills required for their future occupation, research work, post-graduate studies etc. Specifically, students are taught to think critically applying their background knowledge more effectively. Additionally, critical thinking develops through scenarios or cases to be resolved or debated.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • know basic concepts and notions in the field of critical thinking
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of chemistry
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of history
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of psychology
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of law
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of American studies
  • to be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of literature
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Тема 7. Think Like an American Studies Scholar
    Critical thinking and American Studies from Sharon P. Holland. Examine two unrelated sporting events that occurred almost two hundred years apart Explain how these two events raise similar questions about animals, athletes, race, and slavery Apply the concept of interdisciplinarity to better understand these two events Explain how these two events raise similar questions about animals, athletes, race, and slavery
  • Тема 5. Think Like a Law Professor
    Critical thinking and the law from Donald Hornstein. Explain the underlying tension between individual autonomy and collective values Examine this tension by studying two sets of cases: one about autonomy vs. laws of consent; the other about property rights vs. public needs
  • Тема 4. Think Like a Psychologist
    Critical thinking and psychology from Kurt Gray. Identify the concept of mind perception Examine the relationship between mind perception and morality
  • Тема 3. Think Like a Historian
    Critical thinking and history from Kathleen DuVal. Distinguish between studying history at the college level from earlier education Interpret history from different perspectives by studying a letter written by Christopher Columbus
  • Тема 2. Think Like a Chemist.
    Critical thinking and chemistry from Thomas Freeman. Describe the basic properties and changes of matter and energy Demonstrate how understanding chemistry has real-world applications
  • Тема 1. Welcome
    This module provides an overview of the course. The first video explains the history of this course: While it was originally going to be geared toward incoming UNC students, we realized these skills are valuable to everyone, which is why we are offering it as a MOOC. The second video provides an overview of how the course is structured and why it was created.
  • Think Like a Literature Professor
    Critical thinking and literature from Heidi Kim. Define the literary arts of close reading and interpretation Apply close reading and interpretation to fictional and non-fictional texts Examine the impact that close reading and interpretation have on each other when both are performed on a text
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Notes
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Exam
    Экзамен проводится в письменной форме с использованием асинхронного прокторинга. Экзамен проводится на платформе Moodle, доступ к экзамену через https://hse.student.examus.net. К экзамену необходимо подключиться за 10 минут до начала. На платформе Экзамус доступно тестирование системы. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять требованиям: https://elearning.hse.ru/data/2020/05/07/1544135594/Технические%20требования%20к%20ПК%20студента.pdf) Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: заранее зайти на платформу прокторинга, провести тест системы, включить камеру и микрофон, подтвердить личность. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: общаться (в социальных сетях, с людьми в комнате), списывать, пользоваться конспектами. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи до 5 минут. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи 5 минут и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи аналогична процедуре сдачи.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * Essay + 0.5 * Exam + 0.25 * Notes
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Davies, M., & Barnett, R. (2015). The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1172576
  • Kallet, M. (2014). Think Smarter : Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=733798

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Nejmaoui, N. (2019). Improving EFL Learners’ Critical Thinking Skills in Argumentative Writing. English Language Teaching, 12(1), 98–109. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1200049