A Toolkit For Truth Telling

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 60 Conc £21 Full £60 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 5 MAC 03/11/2018 01/12/2018 HP2000

What will the course cover?

In today’s world of fake news and post-truth, how can you tell the truth between claims and arguments based on facts, evidence, and sound logical reasoning, versus those based on falsehoods, illusions and rhetoric? This introductory 5-week course in Critical Thinking will give adult learners a taste of how to develop and enhance their existing knowledge and skills around reading comprehension, argument analysis, and producing their own arguments, all while asking: is this really is a post-truth world?

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in developing their confidence and technique in Critical Thinking, including argument analysis, evaluation, and production, as well as those who enjoy discussing topical issues critically and philosophically.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Basic reading and writing skills, an interest in topical contemporary issues, and preparedness to consider multiple and sometimes conflicting ideas, perspectives and arguments.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

By the end of the course you will become a more confident truth-teller by being able to: ¿ Take an informed, reasoned viewpoint on whether we live in a ‘post-truth’ age. ¿ Understand and explain what an ‘argument’ consists in. ¿ Understand and explain at least one strategy for analysing an argument. ¿ Understand and explain at least one strategy for evaluating an argument. ¿ Produce a short written argument—either in outline or in draft form—in support of some conclusion or other with respect to the topic under discussion.

How is the course organised?

Over five weekly two-hour sessions, with each session focusing on the gradual development of critical thinking skills by engagement with some topical issue or question. In the first part of each session, learners will encounter written attempts to argue for or against some viewpoint and supported in learning how to identify, analyze and evaluate arguments and evidence offered. In the second part, learners will have an opportunity to engage in a 30-minute facilitated inquiry into key questions, principles, and values connected to the viewpoint under consideration. Finally, classes will close by giving learners some time supported practice in writing convincing arguments to persuade others of their own views.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

No compulsory extra-study is required, although it is expected that learners will find ample opportunities to practice their skills in everyday contexts.

How will my progress be assessed?

No formal assessment is required, although learners are welcome to submit their short written arguments for feedback and review.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Tutor will advise on other courses you can follow either here at Macbeth or elsewhere.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

None. Bring pen and paper (a notebook) to take notes.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions in reception. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning.