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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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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.

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.

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By Justin G

Oct 16, 2018

I recommend to pretty much all audiences who are interested in these kinds of things

By Sandra L M P

Feb 24, 2019

Excelente curso para mejorar redacción, comprensión y hasta escritura de un texto.

By Antoine K

Oct 19, 2017

Interesting course and the material was clearly explained by the professor.

By Igor B

Jun 03, 2020

A great course, although it gets quite complicated during the third week.

By Rahul B

Aug 24, 2017

Amazing course content. Great insights. Gets too complex by the end of it

By Norbert M

Oct 01, 2017

It is very useful cours. The only thing that it needs is more examples.

By Muhammad F

Feb 19, 2019

its very helpful coarse for those whose language is other than English

By SOPHIE W

Apr 20, 2020

Interesting to know. Language- heavy and videos were relatively long.

By Syed F H

Oct 02, 2018

great course. by practicing i will understand the arguments better

By Samra I

Aug 27, 2019

this is the great course with simple understanding of an argument

By Ioannis A

Jul 14, 2020

a very well structured and thoughtful course. Really enjoyed it.

By Jiaojiao Z

May 27, 2019

very useful course to form a thinking formulate about arguments

By Franco A M

Jan 20, 2020

It is very good, but lacks of some aristotelian logic courses

By Kagan O

Aug 29, 2017

Interesting course that can be very useful in everyday life.

By Laura C

Mar 17, 2018

Great professor, clearly enjoys teaching with a passion

By Daisy R D

Oct 27, 2016

Thank you so much to my Professors. I've learned a lot.

By Eduardo S

Aug 25, 2017

Great Experience! The professor is amazing! Congrats!

By Hugo J D M

Feb 11, 2017

Simples e divertido. Também muito útil. Enriquecedor!

By Teodora V

Dec 18, 2016

I loved the course and I want to take the othe

By Johan N

Jun 26, 2020

Excellent. Interesting and entertaining.

By Johan P

Jun 08, 2020

it was nice to have done this curse

By W

Aug 14, 2019

Some videos are a little bit long!

By Nejat M E

Dec 16, 2019

it was a fun and a challenge

By SUBRAMANIAN E

Apr 28, 2020

Good understanding course