Ling 21 Syllabus Sp10 (2)

Ling 21 Syllabus Sp10 (2) - San Jose State University...

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San Jose State University Linguistics 21: Language and Thinking Spring 2010 REVISED 2 / 1 / 10 Sections: 1 (21983) and 2 (23387) Room: CL 218 (sect. 1) CL 227 (sect. 2) Instructor: Thom Huebner Times: MW 1330-1445 (01) 1030-1145 (02) Telephone: 408-924-1375 Office: Clark 404C Office Hours:MW 3:00-4:30 and by appointment Email: thom.huebner@sjsu.edu Required Texts: Bassham, Gegory, et al., eds. Critical Thinking: A Student’s Introduction , 3 rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2008. Course Reader, available at Maple Press (San Carlos between 10 th and 11 th ) Course Description: Exploring systems of language and logic in oral and written discourse, with a focus on the role of shared cultural assumptions, language style and the media of presentation in shaping the form and content of argumentation. This course fulfills the University’s Core GE category A3 requirement (Basic Skills: Critical Thinking). Topics Covered: Two-thirds of the semester is devoted to the study of some fundamental notions of logic and the application of these notions in the analysis of contemporary discourse. We cover deductive and inductive reasoning, logical fallacies (relevance and insufficient evidence), and categorical and propositional logic. We also cover some themes in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics; we look at mass media and political advertising; we reflect on the interplay of culture and language; finally, we consider different dialects (regional and generational variations) of English. Prerequisites (recommended): English 1A Student Learning Outcomes (GE): Upon completion of this course, students should be able to – GELO1: Distinguish between reasoning (e.g., explanation, argument) and other types of discourse (e.g., description, assertion).
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GELO2: Identify, analyze, and evaluate different types of reasoning. GELO3 Find and state crucial unstated assumptions in reasoning. GELO4: Evaluate factual claims or statements used in reasoning and evaluate the sources of evidence for such claims. GELO5 Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism. GELO6: Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and values system. GELO7: Locate, retrieve, organize, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information of relevance to the subject matter of the course in an effective and efficient manner. GELO8:
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