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How to reason and argue? An online course by the Duke University

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How to reason and argue?

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue is a free online course offered by the Duke University. This course is a part of the "Reasoning, Data Analysis and Writing" Specialisation."

About the course
This course will teach about the importance of reasoning and how to do it well. This course will help you understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you. The course discusses about how to analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you.

Course Syllabus

  • Part 1: How to analyse arguments
  • Part 2: How to evaluate deductive arguments
  • Part 3: How to evaluate inductive arguments
  • Part 4: How to mess up arguments

This material is appropriate for introductory college students or advanced high school students-or, indeed, anyone who is interested. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.

Course Format
Each week will be divided into multiple video segments that can be grouped as three lectures or viewed separately. There will be short exercises after each segment (to check comprehension) and several longer midterm quizzes.

Course Sessions
August 25, 2014 - December 31, 2014

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