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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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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.


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.

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By Vladimir M

May 01, 2020

Excellent course! Really worth my time. Thank you!

By Natasha S

Mar 07, 2020

It was an amazing journey! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

By Therese R

Jun 27, 2017

Fun, informative, and a great learning experience!

By Louise P

May 13, 2020

Great lecturer, really enjoyed taking this course

By Auricel T

Jun 04, 2019

It is a very goods course on how to understand ar

By libra

Nov 17, 2016


By Lucy T

Sep 20, 2016

I love this course and would like to do it again!

By Trần X T

May 21, 2020

It is a great course! Great teacher and lessons!

By Xiaotong X

Nov 05, 2019

Professor is nice and the course is interesting.

By Debbie T

Sep 03, 2016

Excellent = rating based on completion of week 1


Apr 21, 2020

perfect series of courses, practical and useful

By Rodolfo A R M

May 31, 2020

It was great and fun, and it has help me a lot

By Deleted A

Nov 25, 2017

Thank you for your course. It is most helpful.

By Maxiaoyan

Jul 31, 2017

my favorite course, very inspiring and clearly

By Maria M S M

Aug 03, 2020

Very relevant course! Kudos to the instructor

By Carola S

Jul 19, 2020

An interesting course and also very didactic.

By Stewart E

Apr 17, 2020

Interesting material entertainingly presented

By Dámaris A

Sep 04, 2017

Excelent course! Every person should take it!

By Karim C P

Jul 26, 2017

Very enrich curriculum. Thanks

-Karim Padaniya

By Tomas S A

Apr 11, 2020

Great course! looking forward to next parts.

By Felix N R

Jan 16, 2020

Very interesting and well-explained subject.

By Salama S A

Sep 07, 2019

good course but i had some difficulty in it.

By 1821528

Aug 07, 2019

It is one of the best courses I ever enjoyed

By Terri

Jun 25, 2018

Great course! The instructor is SO engaging!

By 王鑫

Aug 18, 2017

really good and the professors are humorous.