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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
UAB Barcelona Summer School

Critical Thinking


Welcome to the Critical Thinking course, a transformative journey that invites you to enhance your critical thinking skills and delve into the intricate dynamics of cognition, rhetoric, and argumentation. Throughout this intellectual odyssey, our goal is to provide you with practical tools and insights essential for navigating the complex landscape of critical thinking. In this introductory course, you will learn to identify arguments, evaluate them, and steer clear of fallacies and belief mistakes that can lead to the formation of misguided beliefs. The practical skill of critical argumentation is emphasized, employing real examples to ensure a hands-on learning experience from the very beginning. The methods presented are based on state-of-the-art techniques developed in argumentation theory, informal logic, and the latest discoveries in cognition and argumentation. The course culminates in an engaging Argument Debate Week, allowing you to put your newly acquired skills into practice. No prerequisites are needed, and during the initial week, electronic devices are prohibited to foster focused learning. All teaching materials will be accessible on Campus Virtual. 

What sets our course apart is its commitment to real-world applicability. As you progress, you will not only analyze and evaluate arguments but also construct compelling ones, gaining proficiency crucial in academic, professional, and everyday life. The curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, incorporating practical exercises, case studies, and dynamic discussions. In this age of technological advancement, we recognize the transformative potential of generative AI. As a unique aspect of our course, we delve into the realm of rhetorical writing, harnessing the power of AI tools to witness and actively participate in the evolution of persuasive communication in the digital era. 

Prepare to explore the boundaries of traditional rhetoric and witness the synergies between human intellect and artificial ingenuity. The Critical Thinking course is not just a theoretical exploration; it is a dynamic experience crafted to empower you with the skills, knowledge, and innovative techniques needed to thrive in a world where effective communication and critical reasoning are paramount. Join us on this intellectual adventure, where the synthesis of theory and practice creates a fertile ground for the cultivation of astute critical thinkers. 

Courses generally have little or no prerequisite knowledge required for a given topic, however if students face any doubts, we recommend they contact course professors to clarify.

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