FALL 2008 Syllabus

FALL 2008 Syllabus - PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking CRN 82845...

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PHIL 1010 Georgia State University Fall 2008 Critical Thinking Department of Philosophy George Rainbolt CRN 82845 34 Peachtree St., Suite 1100 TR 11-11:50 Revised August 19, 2008 CONTACT INFO Email: grainbolt@gsu.edu (preferred method of contact) Telephone: 404-413-6109 Office: Room 1119, 34 Peachtree St. Office Hours: M-F 9-4:30 These are the hours I am on campus. Unless I am in a meeting, I will be in my office. But my life has too many meetings so it is best to email in advance for an appointment. COURSE FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES The primary focus of Phil 1010 will be the improvement of those critical thinking skills needed for other college courses. Critical thinking is the skill of recognizing, composing and evaluating arguments. Virtually every college course relies on arguments. Examples include: arguments about business plans, arguments about the qualities of a novel, arguments about the significance of historical events, arguments about the nature and function of genetic material, to name just a few. The objectives of this course are: to improve your ability to evaluate arguments, to improve your ability to construct arguments, and to improve your ability to present arguments in written form. Because arguments are found in all your other courses, doing well in this course should greatly increase your chances for successfully completing the core curriculum, courses required by your major, and graduating with a bachelor’s degree. N.B. This course provides a background in critical thinking, including some of the methods of understanding arguments that are useful for many fields of study, including philosophy. However, this course is not an introduction to philosophy and it does not focus on the questions discussed in most philosophy classes (for example, ethical questions, the existence of the will, the nature of knowledge, the history of philosophical ideas, etc.). For an introduction to philosophy, students are encouraged to take Philosophy 2010 (Great Questions of Philosophy ). This course (Philosophy 1010) is not required to take Philosophy 2010. 1
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REMINDERS 1. Check your schedule on GoSOLAR today. You must be registered for the correct CRN to receive credit for this course. 2. EMAIL: Email is a primary means of communication for this course. You should check your official Georgia State email at least once every 24 hours. Student email website: https://www.student.gsu.edu 2.1 Email is also the quickest and preferred method of contacting me outside of class time. By University policy, instructors must use your official Georgia State student email address for all correspondence. If you sent an email from a non- GSU email account, I cannot respond or confirm receipt. 2.2. If you email me from your GSU account and have not received a reply within
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