Welcome to Critical Thinking: Facts and Fictions!

In a time of “alternative facts” and “fake news”, how can one decide what is correct and incorrect? How can we establish what is true or not true, when we find competing claims about the truth? How do we make sense of what is happening in the world, when there are so many different versions of current events in the news, on our social media, and in our daily conversations? We live in an era when many feel that it has become harder to trust the government, news media, and each other as reliable sources of information and knowledge—it is more important than ever for us to be aware of critical thinking and what it can do for us. Critical thinking helps to make clear how it is that we think and communicate about the world. Not only can critical thinking help us to navigate the claims that other people make, it can also help us to improve our own thinking and communication.

Spring 2017 Semester
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 8:05—9:35 pm—Room M-315
Instructor: Anton Kociolek
Email: akociolek@gc.cuny.edu

The syllabus is available online and in a downloadable Word document.