Read the following sections in Chapters 1 and 2 in your course textbook:
1.1 : What Is Critical Thinking?
1.3: What Is Logic?
1.4: Arguments Outside of Logic
1.5: The Importance of Language in Logic
Chapter 1 Summary and Resources
2.1: Arguments in Logic
2.2: Putting Arguments in the Standard Form
2.4: Classifying Arguments
Chapter 2 Summary and Resources
Watch the following videos:
Identifying Premises and Conclusions (Links to an external site.)
What Is an Argument? (Links to an external site.)
What Is a Good Argument? (Part I) (Links to an external site.)
What Is a Good Argument?: The Logic Condition (Links to an external site.)
Begin by choosing a paper topic from your own field of study or future career (or, if you prefer, you may select one from the Final Paper Topics List download). You may want to refer to the Narrowing a Topic and Developing a Research Question (Links to an external site.) from the Writing Center for support. When choosing a topic, pick a controversial question that meets the following criteria:
It is an interesting question related to your field of study or your future career.
There are scholarly sources that answer the question on each side (you may need to do a little advance research to verify this).
You will use this topic through the rest of this course for the Week 2 Creating a Sound Argument Workshop assignment, the Week 3 Scholarly Arguments on Both Sides assignment, and the Week 5 Fair-Minded Reasoning final paper (though there is no penalty for changing your topic, should you feel the need to do so). Review the Final Paper Topics List downloadfor examples of topic ideas.
Your instructor will choose the discussion question and post it as the first post in the discussion forum. In your initial post, address all the elements in the prompt.
initial post of at least 200 words