This course explores the process of thinking critically and guides students in thinking more clearly, insightfully and effectively. Concrete examples from students’ experience and contemporary issues help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career and personal lives. Substantive readings, structured writing assignments and ongoing discussions help students develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.
The theme of this course for the semester is critical politics. Our working premise is that critical thinking is crucial for analyzing and informing political debates. We apply tools of critical thinking to discuss and debate the political issues of immigration and gun control. Students will also have an opportunity to critically engage with political issues in their research project where they will conduct research at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives in order to analyze and propose solutions to a problem facing New York City.