Развитие мягких навыков через английский язык: как мыслить критически и уметь адаптироваться
- This course is aimed at helping students develop their critical thinking skills and adaptability in an academic environment through English.
- Identify types of argument and cases of bias within arguments
- Structure an effective argument (claim, reason, evidence) in both oral and written forms
- Identify and establish cause-effect relations in arguments
- Select logically correct and persuasive argumentation
- Evaluate the reliability and credibility of information sources and the relevance of information itself
- Apply critical thinking and argumentation to real world problems and issues
- Assess a situation from various perspectives, evaluate alternative solutions, and choose the optimal response
- Override the inclination to adopt familiar patterns
- Reject conclusions that seem believable but are not logical
- Disengage from an unattainable goal and re-engage in an alternative, feasible goal
- The WorldCan the belief that the Earth is flat be justified? What part does a human play in the world of social networking? Should humanity explore the possibility of finding an escape planet? What are common and alternative explanations of global warming?
- The ArtsWhat is art? Are video games and graffiti art? Should moral principles be adhered to when video games are designed? Who writes history? Should modern ethical norms be applied when evaluating the legacy of historical figures? “What did the author want to say in their work?” - is it a valid question?
- Health / MedicineWho to trust? Mortal combat. Who wins: traditional medicine or alternative medicine? Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
- JusticeWhat is just? Is everyone equal or are some more equal than others: celebrities vs. an average Joe? Should cheating at school and university be penalised? Should death penalty be allowed? Why are women paid less?
- Written assessmentWritten assessment includes an argument and a review (in the form of an op-ed). Assessment can be retaken if missed for a valid reason. The absence must be documented.
- Oral assessmentOral assessment includes a dialogue (debate) and a presentation.
- Independent workIndependent work includes various types of activities that students do at home. To receive full marks, home assignments must be fully completed and submitted on time. A home assignment partially completed and/or submitted after the due date is not assessed. If an assignment does not have a due date, students must submit it before the beginning of a class. To submit a home assignment, a student does not need to be present in class.
- Final assessmentThe final assessment includes a dialogue (in the form of a debate).
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.3 * Final assessment + 0.25 * Independent work + 0.2 * Oral assessment + 0.25 * Written assessment
- Bowell, T., Cowan, R., & Kemp, G. (2020). Critical Thinking : A Concise Guide (Vol. Fifth edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2240045
- Mastering English through Global Debate, Talalakina, E., 2019
- Cottrell, S. (2011). Critical Thinking Skills : Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. [N.p.]: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1525114