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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 J C K

Apr 08, 2017

Well done. Thank you.

By Norman H

Aug 02, 2020

I loved this course!!

By Hussain

Jun 10, 2019

Fun, engaging course!


Apr 27, 2020

excellent one course

By Dana A

Oct 02, 2019

nice and interesting

By Adriaan V

Sep 08, 2019

Absolutely excellent

By emiliano r v

Nov 10, 2016

Completo y divertido

By Vidya R

Jul 16, 2020

Valuable insights !

By Sopheaktra D

Jun 25, 2020

good course so far!

By Sahishnu M

Jun 12, 2020

woow that was tough

By Jose G

May 05, 2018

Really great class!

By Maria D G G

Mar 09, 2017

Easy to understand,

By James V R D

Jul 13, 2020

The best and great

By Anita W

May 14, 2020

Very informational

By Aknur S

May 04, 2020

It was very useful

By Muhamad Z S

Apr 05, 2018

best teachers ever

By Grace

May 27, 2020

great discussions

By Pooja T

May 09, 2020

its really good .

By Zhenfei H

Mar 20, 2017

Excellent course!

By Bahtiar R S

Jun 15, 2020

Best course ever

By Aryan W

Jul 12, 2019

Wonderful course

By Sunil K S

Jul 19, 2017

Excellent course

By Timingspace K

Nov 28, 2016

Useful and funny


Apr 07, 2017

it's very good.


Jun 21, 2020