Logical and critical thinking

Contents:

  1. Who this course is suitable for
  2. What you’ll achieve
  3. Who developed this course
  4. Apply for this course

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this online course.

Summary

Identify common obstacles to effective thinking

We are constantly being given reasons to do and believe things: to believe that we should buy a product, support a cause, accept a job, judge someone innocent or guilty, that fairness requires us to do some household chore, and so on. Assessing the reasons we are given to do or believe these things calls upon us to think critically and logically.

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills

Even though we’re called upon to use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time, most of us are not that good at it. This online course aims to help you develop and improve these skills.

You’ll learn how to:

  • identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs
  • recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments
  • use basic logical tools to analyse arguments
  • apply those tools in areas including science, moral theories and law

Associate Professor Tim Dare and Dr Patrick Girard from the University of Auckland take us on an informative and engaging eight week journey through the worlds of logical and critical thinking, helping us to avoid these common obstacles and fallacies and improve our logical and critical thinking skills.

Throughout the course, Tim and Patrick provide videos, articles, and assignments to lead us through the thickets of logical and critical thinking.

What topics will you cover?

  • Identify common flaws in belief construction
  • Recognise and reconstruct arguments
  • Evaluate arguments as being good or bad
  • Analyse arguments using basic logical tools
  • Apply basic logical strategies in areas such as science, moral theories and law

 

Who this course is suitable for

This course is open to anyone with an interest in improving their logical and critical thinking skills. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

 

What you’ll achieve

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explore key concepts in logical and critical thinking
  • Apply key concepts in logical and critical thinking
  • Identify obstacles to logical and critical thinking
  • Identify the components of a good argument
  • Produce an argument in standard form
  • Classify deductive and non-deductive arguments
  • Evaluate arguments based on criteria such as validity, strength and cogency
  • Interpret scientific, moral and legal arguments
  • Develop an argument “in the wild”
  • Assess arguments charitably

 

Who developed this course

The University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the only one included in the Times Higher Education top 200.

 

Apply for this course

  • To apply for a funded position on this course, please complete the form below.

    Who is eligible to apply
    • Applications are open to local authority staff only.
    • Applicants may only submit an application for 1 certified course at a time. Upon completion of that course, an application for further training can be submitted.
    • Applicants are expected to begin the course within one month of their application being accepted.

    Please allow 7 days for us to process your application.

  • This is to verify that you work for an eligible local authority. If you would like to provide a different email address for course correspondences, you can input it in the next form field.
  • This is the email address we will use to register you with FutureLearn. Information about the course will be sent to this email address.
  • We are interested in tracking how your knowledge increases as a result of completing this course, so please provide an indication of your current knowledge of the course topic.

Course provider

Future Learn

Learn 100% online with world class universities and industry experts. Develop hobbies, new skills and career-changing expertise with FutureLearn’s flexible courses.