Catalog: 2015–2016 Catalog Year

PHIL 102: Critical Thinking & Reasoning

General Information

  • Name: Critical Thinking & Reasoning
  • Discipline: Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers nonsymbolic introduction to logical thinking in everyday life, law, politics, science, advertising; common fallacies; and the uses of language, including techniques of persuasion.

II: Course Objectives

To bring the students of this course to new levels of understanding of:

  • The usage of language as a precise tool of communication.
  • The development of logical analysis of statements and arguments.
  • The various forms of fallacies commonly used in everyday discourse. To bring the student to an understanding of logical and reasonable usages of language, and the capability of recognizing illogical discourse when confronted with it.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Phil 102 satisfies the general education requirement for any degree or certificate program and addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Requirement by ensuring that students:


  • Demonstrate an adequate knowledge of critical thinking skills.
  • Use appropriate principles of reasoning and decision-making.

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