- The nature of sound reasoning as differentiated from unsound reasoning, the examination of proposition and inference, of inductive and deductive argument.
- The analysis and evaluation of basic argument forms both spoken a written, as in, for example, current newspapers, magazines, articles, excerpts from books, and on the web.
- The nature of the development of a philosophical understanding and the role of arguments in that development.
- Practice in various specific forms of reasoning such as analogy, causal inference, and inference from authority.
- Practice in the dialogical formulation of arguments, by means of formal and informal debate and of the assumption of argument roles.
- Practice in composing brief written arguments on selected subjects.
- Practice in the detection and recognition of natural language fallacies.
- Lecture and seminar. The class may be divided into small sections for the seminars.
- Regular practice/exercises, based on lectures and seminars.
- Examination of written and oral arguments to detect fallacies and illustrate sound thinking.
- May also include regular on-line, in-class, or take-home practices or exercises, based on lectures, seminars, or on-line content.
Evaluation will be based upon course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.
Any possible combination of the following which equals 100%:
|Tests, Quizzes, Short Written Assignments||30% – 60%||Five 10% Tests||50%|
|Written Class Presentations, Argument Analyses, Exams||20% – 50%||Two 20% Analyses||40%|
|Instructor’s General Evaluation
(may include attendance class participation,
group work, homework, etc.)
|0% – 20%||Attendance/
(No one evaluation component within each category may exceed 40%)
The successful student will be able to appreciate and engage in the following practices:
- Participation in dialogue in a way that enables the students to experience and reflect upon their own thinking as it is expressed in communication with others.
- Examination from newspapers, magazines, articles and books, the web, and other instances of contemporary expression so as to discern genuine thinking from the spurious.
- Thinking for themselves, and the development of confidence in their own thinking.
- The recognition that much, if not most, of what passes for thinking actually prevents thinking and substitutes for it other things such as force, rhetoric, propaganda, etc.
- The discovery of those elements which militate against thinking.
- The cultivation of a deeper understanding of the world.
Textbooks will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
- Govier, T. A Practical Study of Argument, 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth-Thompson, 2010.
- Groarke, L. and Indale, C.W., Good Reasoning Matters, 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Hughs, W.; Lavery, J. Critical Thinking: An Introduction to the Basic Skills, 5th ed. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2008.
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX PHIL 120 (3)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU PHIL 252 (3)||2012/09/01 to -|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO PHIL 110 (3)||2013/01/01 to -|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU PHIL 110 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR PHIL 1XX (3)||2012/09/01 to -|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||COQU PHIL 101 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PHIL 1145 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG PHIL 1104 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV)||LCV GE 121 (3)||2012/09/01 to -|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC PHI 150 (3)||2003/09/01 to -|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC PHIL 1XX (3)||2012/09/01 to -|
|Selkirk College (SELK)||SELK PHIL 1XX (3)||2013/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU PHIL XX1 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/04/30|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU PHIL 105 (3)||2016/05/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PHIL 1110 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PHIL 111 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PHIL 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2017/04/30|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PHIL 109 (3)||2017/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO PHIL 120 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV PHIL 120 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PHIL 200 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV PHIL 100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PHIL 201 (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PHIL 100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|