Critical Thinking Course

Employers rate critical thinking as one of the most desirable skills in new employees. This Critical Thinking course will help you to develop the ability to critically analyse arguments, recognize problems with reasoning and logic and evaluate the evidence used to support an argument.
2 Aug - 6 Aug 2021
4PM – 7PM
Ages 13+

About the Program

program overview Overview

95% of admissions decision-makers agreed that demonstrating soft skills should be an important part of applying to university. The skill of thinking with critical objectivity is becoming increasingly important. Globalization and rapid technological change mean that we face more complex information in greater volume than ever before. Our Critical Thinking course will help you to develop the ability to critically analyse arguments, recognize problems with reasoning and logic and evaluate the evidence used to support an argument.

program details Description

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Start thinking critically
  • Use logic to analyse an argument
  • Identify bad arguments and faulty reasoning
  • Evaluate the evidence used to support an argument
  • Evaluate the data and statistics used as evidence to support an argument
  • Identify if emotions have influenced an argument
  • Recognize bias and prejudice in thinking
Course Schedule
Meeting the Course Director
Completing a situational judgement test
Identifying tips and techniques for studying online
Section 1
Understanding what an argument is in a critical thinking context
Understanding the link between reason and truth
Using different types of reasoning (inductive and deductive)
Section 2
Developing awareness of good and bad ways of reasoning
Learning about some examples of fallacies – slippery slope, ad hominem, post hoc and false dilemma
Identifying hidden assumptions
Section 3
Understanding why arguments need evidence and the different types of evidence
Assessing evidence
Understanding when we can trust our senses
Section 4
Asking the right questions about data and statistics
Evaluating the presentation of data in graphs
Assessing proof
Section 5
Understanding how emotions can affect judgement
Identifying biases and prejudices in thinking
Section 6
Assessing arguments presented in different contexts and formats
Reflecting on your performance, including the completion of a final situational judgement test
Completing your Personal Development Plan by learning how to set SMART Objectives.
Skills Developed

Debating skills

Analytical thinking

Critical Reasoning

student takeways Student Takeaways

EtonX Certificate

Personal action plan

Knowledge test

Hear from our explorers

Sasha Podell, United Kingdom

I thoroughly enjoyed my course because the teacher was knowledgeable and kind, and the content was interesting and applicable to my day-to-day life. I have recommended this course to friends because I think it taught me valuable skills.”

Anchita Mahanta, United States

This course has made me hone my skills in critical thinking, making me apply them consciously and subconsciously. This will help me be better informed for the future.

Aleksandra, Poland

Critical thinking helps me not only to notify when something isn’t or is good but also find the reason why. I’m sure critical thinking will help me learn effectively and decide what’s good or bad for me. Also I know it’ll help me not to make the mistake while working/learning and to show my point of view very clearly.

About Our Partner

EtonX is a British education technology company founded by Eton College in 2015 with one mission in mind: to create innovative software and high-quality course materials that allow students to develop the skills they need for their future success. Since then, we have supported teenagers all over the world using our customized learning platform. Each course has its own Course Director from Eton College who has advised on the syllabus and content. It’s important to us that our courses include activities undertaken at Eton in lessons, tutorials and in extra-curricular activities that reflect Eton’s own teaching ethos.


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