Critical Thinking I
Robert Smith, M.D.
May 7, 2018 - May 21, 2018
7:00 - 8:25 PM
This is the first in a series of courses designed to encourage inquiry and critical thinking. The emphasis will be upon methodology, or how one’s method of inquiry delimits what one observes and the theory required to conceptualize the resulting observations, i.e. thinking through the consequences of our modes of inquiry. Both psychoanalytic and extra-analytic methods will serve as vehicles for discussion.
Syllabus 2017 - 2018
The readings have not yet been posted.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Think more critically about knowledge.
2. Consider how methods delimit the data and theory obtained by their application.
3. Consider why conclusions can only be understood in the context of the method by which they are obtained.
Instructor encourages class discussion, inquiry, and answers questions and lectures as needed. Class participants are expected to have studied the required readings in advance. Study questions are provided both as a guide to the readings and as a springboard for class discussion.
Each student's participation in class discussion and his or her demonstration of understanding of the course objectives and reading material is assessed in a written evaluation by the instructor(s).