Critical Thinking: Investigating Arguments

  • 6 videos | 22m 18s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Earns a Badge
  • Certification CPE
Every day, people put forth their ideas or points of view. After all, at the heart of every great change, lies a great argument someone has used to influence others. The basis of an argument is expressing a point of view and supporting it with enough evidence to persuade someone to accept a conclusion. How can you determine what's fact, what's opinion, and how to get to the truth of a matter? Part of critical thinking is being able to identify, construct, and evaluate arguments, because only then will you be able to reach logical conclusions and solve problems. In this course, you'll learn how to use arguments in the right situations and explore what makes up an effective argument. You'll also learn to recognize the common types of logical fallacies that can derail an argument, and how to employ reasoning skills against arguments that use tactics of manipulation.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    recognize appropriate situations for using formal arguments
    identify the components of effective arguments
  • identify common types of logical fallacies that lead to flaws in arguments
    choose appropriate reasoning skills to apply against manipulative arguments
    reflect on what you've learned


  • 1m 35s
    Every day, we’re approached by people trying to get us to agree with them. They often present arguments encouraging us to take some sort of action. But how can you tell which arguments are valid? In this video, you'll learn the key concepts covered in this course, including when and how to use formal arguments, and how to recognize and counter flawed ones. FREE ACCESS
  • 5m 19s
    Disagreements are common, but they don’t have to be frustrating and unproductive. In fact, disagreements can be a useful tool for exploring different sides of issues and coming to a better solution or deeper understanding. In this video, you'll explore situations that call for formal arguments. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Making Effective Arguments
    4m 56s
    Some arguments are compelling and leave you wondering how you could have ever felt differently. Others make you chuckle softly and shake your head in disbelief. Some arguments work and some don’t. In this video, you'll learn the components of effective arguments. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Detecting Flaws in Arguments
    5m 44s
    Sometimes, when listening to someone arguing their case, you may know their argument is flawed, but can’t point out specifically why it’s wrong. In this video, you'll learn about common types of logical fallacies that lead to flaws in arguments. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Using Reasoning against Manipulation
    3m 23s
    Suppose someone is trying to convince you that their point is valid. You listen, but you aren’t inclined to agree with them. You’re not sure why, but you feel manipulated. How do you approach an argument like that? In this video, you will explore reasoning skills to deploy against arguments that use tactics of manipulation. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Let's Review
    1m 21s
    In this video, you'll review and reflect on what you've learned in the course Critical Thinking: Investigating Arguments. FREE ACCESS


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