About this Course

479,136 recent views

Learner Career Outcomes

25%

started a new career after completing these courses

26%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: Arabic, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, English, Spanish, Romanian...

Skills you will gain

EvaluationInterpretationLanguageLinguistics

Learner Career Outcomes

25%

started a new career after completing these courses

26%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: Arabic, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, English, Spanish, Romanian...

Offered by

Duke University logo

Duke University

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Content RatingThumbs Up97%(22,794 ratings)Info
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
5 hours to complete

How to Spot an Argument

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 101 min)
10 videos
What Is an Argument?7m
What are Arguments Used For? Justification5m
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone8m
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation13m
What are Arguments Made Of? Language14m
Meaning9m
Linguistic Acts7m
Speech Acts9m
Conversational Acts17m
10 practice exercises
Why Arguments Matter6m
What Is an Argument?20m
What are Arguments Used For? Justification8m
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone10m
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation16m
What are Arguments Made Of? Language8m
Meaning12m
Linguistic Acts8m
Speech Acts24m
Conversational Acts18m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

How to Untangle an Argument

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 130 min)
10 videos
Standard Form3m
A Problem for Arguments12m
Assuring14m
Guarding8m
Discounting10m
Evaluation17m
Close Analysis (Part I)20m
Close Analysis (Part II)13m
More Close Analysis17m
9 practice exercises
Argument Markers22m
Standard Form12m
A Problem for Arguments4m
Assuring10m
Guarding10m
Discounting10m
Evaluation14m
Close Analysis (Part II)20m
More Close Analysis20m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

How to Reconstruct an Argument

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 150 min)
11 videos
Soundness4m
Get Down to Basics21m
Sharpen Edges17m
Organize Parts14m
A Student Example: A Debate About Smartphones in Class11m
Fill in Gaps22m
Conclude2m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part I)9m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part II)9m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part III)10m
9 practice exercises
Validity22m
Soundness (Part I)8m
Soundness (Part II)6m
Get Down to Basics14m
Sharpen Edges10m
Organize Parts16m
Fill in Gaps10m
Conclude6m
An Example of Reconstruction8m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

1 hour to complete
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz1h

Reviews

TOP REVIEWS FROM THINK AGAIN I: HOW TO UNDERSTAND ARGUMENTS

View all reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Access to lectures and assignments depends on your type of enrollment. If you take a course in audit mode, you will be able to see most course materials for free. To access graded assignments and to earn a Certificate, you will need to purchase the Certificate experience, during or after your audit. If you don't see the audit option:

    • The course may not offer an audit option. You can try a Free Trial instead, or apply for Financial Aid.

    • The course may offer 'Full Course, No Certificate' instead. This option lets you see all course materials, submit required assessments, and get a final grade. This also means that you will not be able to purchase a Certificate experience.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • You will be eligible for a full refund until two weeks after your payment date, or (for courses that have just launched) until two weeks after the first session of the course begins, whichever is later. You cannot receive a refund once you’ve earned a Course Certificate, even if you complete the course within the two-week refund period. See our full refund policy.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You’ll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. Learn more.

  • How to respond if someone says that you would have to be a fool to disagree with them.

  • 
“I'd like to thank both professors for the course. It was fun, instructive, and I loved the input from people from all over the world, with their different views and backgrounds.”



    “Somewhere in the first couple weeks of the course, I was ruminating over some concept or perhaps over one of the homework exercises and suddenly it occurred to me, "'Is this what thinking is?" Just to clarify, I come from a thinking family and have thought a lot about various concepts and issues throughout my life and career...but somehow I realized that, even though I seemed to be thinking all the time, I hadn't been doing this type of thinking for quite some time...so, thanks!”

    “The rapport between Dr. Sinott-Armstrong and Dr. Neta and their senses of humor made the lectures engaging and enjoyable. Their passion for the subject was apparent and they were patient and thorough in their explanations.”



  • No. Completion of a Coursera course does not earn you academic credit from Duke; therefore, Duke is not able to provide you with a university transcript. However, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile.

More questions? Visit the Learner Help Center.