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About the Course

How to Understand Arguments Think Again: How to Reason and Argue Reasoning is important. This series of four short courses will teach you how to do it well. You will learn simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning. We will discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you. Courses at a Glance: All four courses in this series are offered through sessions which run every four weeks. We suggest sticking to the weekly schedule to the best of your ability. If for whatever reason you fall behind, feel free to re-enroll in the next session.We also suggest that you start each course close to the beginning of a month in order to increase the number of peers in the discussion forums who are working on the same material as you are. While each course can be taken independently, we suggest you take the four courses in order. Course 1 - Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments Course 2 - Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively Course 3 - Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively Course 4 - Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies About This Course in the Series: When is someone giving an argument instead of just yelling? Which parts of what they say contribute to the argument? Why are they arguing instead of fighting? What are arguments made of? What forms do they take? Think Again: How to Understand Arguments will answer these questions a more. In this course, you will learn what an argument is. The definition of argument will enable students to identify when speakers are giving arguments and when they are not. Next, we will learn how to break an argument into its essential parts, how to put them in order to reveal their connections, and how to fill in gaps in an argument. By the end of this course, students will be better able to understand and appreciate arguments that they and other people present. Suggested Readings: Students who want more detailed explanations or additional exercises or who want to explore these topics in more depth should consult Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic, Ninth Edition, Concise, Chapters 1-5, by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Robert Fogelin. Course Format: Each week will be divided into multiple video segments that can be viewed separately or in groups. There will be short ungraded quizzes after each segment (to check comprehension) and a longer graded quiz at the end of the course....

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SM

Jun 11, 2020

I found this course very challenging as I find critical thinking very difficult. However this course was extremely rewarding and I will be taking the other three modules in the Think Again series.

FY

Jul 06, 2018

I found this course very challenging as I find critical thinking very difficult. However this course was extremely rewarding and I will be taking the other three modules in the Think Again series.

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By John R V B

May 25, 2020

VERY INFORMATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOWEVER, IT'S KINDA LONG.

By Paramjit S

Mar 05, 2019

great experience..great course professor and best teaching style ...

By Arpit R

Jun 27, 2017

Thanks Sir! For this course. This will really add to my soft skills.

By Paulo R V P

Nov 28, 2017

Excellent course on resources to understand and evaluate arguments.

By Marie N

Aug 05, 2020

Excellent course: clear, concise, captivating and well-structured!

By Nguyen T T

Apr 25, 2019

Wonderful course in introducing fundamental concepts of arguments

By Marina D

May 11, 2020

Super interesting course and I learned to think more critically!

By Sha L

Dec 09, 2019

Very good lecture and quizzes. Will take the next one in series.

By Lynda Ş

Jul 10, 2017

The material was delivered in a clear and fun way! The professor

By Sondos I S

Nov 03, 2018

I love it, easy composed. quizzes and answers are educating too

By Bere L

Nov 29, 2016

Completo, claro, preciso y didáctico. El profesor es un genio!

By Sinwanit Y

Jun 03, 2020

This subject is useful for daily life and many work carriers.

By Paola A L

Apr 26, 2020

This course help me to get a better performe in my university

By Yuhua Y

Oct 22, 2017

May be this is the best course I've ever taken on Coursera!!!

By Sania N A

Jun 20, 2017

The professor is really fun and he thought the course clearly

By Hans Q

Aug 10, 2020

Great course. Really enjoyed and learned from it. Thank you.

By Milin

Feb 28, 2018

Nice, very nice, satisfying course thank you Prof Armstrong.

By Amardyuti B

May 06, 2020

Though my grades were not that good but it helped me a lot

By ABDALLAOUI W

May 18, 2020

A new way to see debates , articles , tv shows , news ...

By Gobi D

Apr 19, 2020

Very useful and interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

By Agbakwu K P

Jul 06, 2020

This course has truly helped me understand arguments.

By Воробьёв А С

Jun 22, 2019

One of the greatest courses I've seen on the Internet

By Euclides J L V

Mar 21, 2018

Very useful course, taught with a very good didactics

By Tiffany V

Feb 26, 2018

It helps you understand arguments. I would suggest it