2018 Winter School Subject List

Critical Thinking (PHIL2642) - Opens 10 May 2017

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  Luke Russell - luke.russell@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Luke Russell - luke.russell@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 20 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 200 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisites: - 

    12 Junior credit points


An introduction to critical thinking and analysis of argument.

By examining arguments drawn from diverse sources, including journalism, advertising, science, medicine, history, economics and politics, we will learn how to distinguish good from bad arguments, and how to construct rationally persuasive arguments of our own.

Along the way we will grapple with scepticism, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience.

The reasoning skills imparted by this unit make it invaluable, not only for philosophy students, but for every student at the University.


1 x 1500wd Essay (30%), 1 x in-class test (20%) and 1 x 2hr exam (50%).

Final exam: 26 July 2017. 10am - 12pm (2hrs + 10mins reading time).


Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 20 Jul 2017

Lectures: Mon - Thu, 10:00 - 12:00

Tutorials: Mon - Thu, 13:00 - 14:00

Final Exam: Wed 26th Jul (12:30pm Start, 2 hour Exam & 10 mins Reading Time)


Lectures: Physics Lecture Theatre 2 (Room 424)

Tutorials (to be assigned by lecturer): Teachers College Seminar Room 427 OR Marjorie Oldfield Theatre (208a) OR Teachers College Tutorial Room 331

Exam: Teachers College Assembly Hall (300)


Online lecture notes