The course has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore the basic tools of critical reasoning and to empower them to think for themselves. The ability to think critically is of great value in helping to deal competently with ethical, social and political problems in the work situation and everyday life. In most humanities courses at universities lecturers expect students to understand cultural diversity, to critically evaluate information and knowledge claims and to make responsible decisions. However, students are rarely given the opportunity to acquire these abilities in a systematic way.

This open course is licensed under a Creative Commons BY Attribution 3.0 license and adapted from the University of South Africa’s Critical Reasoning Course. It can be viewed in its original format here: http://wikieducator.org/Critical_reasoning.