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2021/2022

Развитие мягких навыков через английский язык: как мыслить критически и уметь адаптироваться

Когда читается: 1-й курс, 1-3 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Охват аудитории: для всех кампусов НИУ ВШЭ
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

In order to survive in today’s “info-loaded” and diversified world, one is required to think critically and break free from the familiar routines to adapt to new circumstances. Sadly, no one is born with these skills. Yet, they can be developed and, luckily, we know how to do that! This semester we offer a brand-new online course that will help you sharpen their critical thinking skills and exercise adaptability. Throughout the course, you will discuss some of the most controversial topics such as the death penalty and ethical norms in video games, to name but a few. You will watch thought-provoking documentaries and gripping episodes of award-winning TV series. You will learn how to structure a persuasive argument to win debates, how to select reliable and credible information sources, and how to adjust to an unexpectedly changed situation. On top of that, you will definitely have a whale of a time!
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course is aimed at helping students develop their critical thinking skills and adaptability in an academic environment through English.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The World
    Can 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 Arts
    What 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 / Medicine
    Who to trust? Mortal combat. Who wins: traditional medicine or alternative medicine? Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
  • Justice
    What 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?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assessment
    Written 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.
  • non-blocking Oral assessment
    Oral assessment includes a dialogue (debate) and a presentation.
  • non-blocking Independent work
    Independent 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.
  • non-blocking Final assessment
    The final assessment includes a dialogue (in the form of a debate).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Final assessment + 0.25 * Independent work + 0.2 * Oral assessment + 0.25 * Written assessment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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