HL606 Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Thinking
The purpose of this course is twofold; it is designed to challenge the students to evaluate and enhance their own critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in order that they may better understand the cognitive processes necessary to help others examine issues of animal welfare more critically and creatively. Students will engage in activities that enhance their own higher level thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis. In addition students will engage in activities designed to enhance their creative problem solving skills. Students will then apply these skills to analyzing a current animal protection issue, presenting the actual facts about the issue and developing new solutions to problems related to this issue. 3 credits
Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe their own epistemologies by answering the questions: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? And how do we know what we know?
- Evaluate statistical and scientific claims made in the media, in academic journals and on websites.
- Complete an in-depth investigation of one animal protection issue that includes: a critical analysis of the multiple perspectives, a summary of the elements of the issue that most closely approximate “the truth” and a set of creative solutions for some problem associated with the issue.
(Subject to Change)
- Knowing what you know
- Science as a way of knowing
- Argumentation Strategies
- Consider the source
- The Effect of Affect
(Subject to Change)
- Best, J. (2008). Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data. Berkeley, CA, University of California Press.
- Gardner, D. (2008). The Science of Fear: Why We Fear Things that We Shouldn’t and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger, New York, Dutton.
- Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, New York, Little Brown & Co.
- LeGault, M.R. (2006). Think: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t be Made in the Blink of an Eye, New York, Threshold Edition.