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English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish

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100% online

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Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

15 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

15 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 5 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Course Logistics (Start Here)10m
3 hours to complete

Fallacies of Unclarity

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 71 min)
9 videos
Argument from the Heap7m
Vagueness8m
Conceptual Slippery Slopes6m
Fairness Slippery Slopes6m
Causal Slippery Slopes6m
Ambiguity8m
Semantic and Syntactic Ambiguity13m
Fallacies of Equivocation6m
7 practice exercises
Introduction to Fallacies2m
Vagueness10m
Slippery Slopes6m
Fairness Slippery Slopes6m
Causal Slippery Slopes6m
Semantic and Syntactic Ambiguity8m
Fallacies of Equivocation20m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Fallacies of Relevance

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 68 min)
10 videos
Fallacies of Relevance: Ad Hominem8m
Silencers10m
Dismissers6m
Deniers6m
Appeals to Authority6m
Amplifiers4m
Supporters4m
Affirmers5m
Appeals to Popular Opinion3m
5 practice exercises
Dismissers6m
Deniers6m
Supporters6m
Affirmers12m
Appeals to Popular Opinion10m
1 hour to complete

Fallacies of Vacuity and Circularity

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 17 min)
3 videos
Circularity and Begging the Question4m
Self-Sealers8m
3 practice exercises
Fallacies of Vacuity10m
Circularity and Begging the Question12m
Self-Sealers6m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Refutation: Its Varieties and PItfalls

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 71 min)
7 videos
Refutation by Parallel Reasoning11m
False Dichotomy16m
Reductio Ad Absurdum7m
Counterexamples10m
Attacking a Straw Man12m
Why Walter Should Shave His Head6m
4 practice exercises
Refutation by Parallel Reasoning22m
Counterexamples12m
Reductio Ad Absurdum14m
Attacking a Straw Man12m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 5 min)
1 video
1 practice exercise
Final Exam1h

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