Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with yo...
Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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In this course you will develop and enhance your ability to think critically, assess information and develop reasoned arguments in the context of the global challenges facing society today.
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Bob Kozman profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
  • 3 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
This course was a terrific follow-up to the course "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue." I found this a good practical application of the material I was introduced to in the first course. I like that we had to do guided independent research. I'm not used to participating in online discussion forums, so by making that part of our "classroom participation" it forced me to venture into an area I might not otherwise have traveled. I enjoyed becoming part of a global classroom.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 7 months ago
Critical thinking is extremely important skill in today world, particulary on the internet. Therefore this course is basically a musttake! Course itself is a avarege one, but it nicely present's the topic anCritical thinking is extremely important skill in today world, particulary on the internet. Therefore this course is basically a musttake! Course itself is a avarege one, but it nicely present's the topic anCritical thinking is extremely important skill in today world, particulary on the internet. Therefore this course is basically a musttake! Course itself is a avarege one, but it nicely present's the topic an
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 12 reviews
  • 10 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
Critical thinking is extremely important skill in today world, particulary on the internet. Therefore this course is basically a musttake! Course itself is a avarege one, but it nicely present's the topic and let you use the learned staff on real world examples, which is nice. PS. Hate british english
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2/10 starsCompleted
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  • 77 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
I would advise anyone to stay away from this course. If you want to learn the principals of critical thinking, take the "Think Again" course - that one is a great, thorough learning experience. This course is unbelievably short (10-20 minutes of video per week), with ridiculously simple exercises in the beginning and incredibly... uncritical exercises in the end. You can mount a case against every single answer required in most quizzes. One of the things that the "Think Again" course teaches you is that when you evaluate arguments you should put them in the most flattering form possible. If you want to criticise a position, criticize the strongest possible formulation of that position. In this course we are basically taught (by example) to do the opposite - ridicule opposite positions and summarily dismiss them. You should also be able to identify the problems with your own positions so that you hold them out of reason and not prejud... I would advise anyone to stay away from this course. If you want to learn the principals of critical thinking, take the "Think Again" course - that one is a great, thorough learning experience. This course is unbelievably short (10-20 minutes of video per week), with ridiculously simple exercises in the beginning and incredibly... uncritical exercises in the end. You can mount a case against every single answer required in most quizzes. One of the things that the "Think Again" course teaches you is that when you evaluate arguments you should put them in the most flattering form possible. If you want to criticise a position, criticize the strongest possible formulation of that position. In this course we are basically taught (by example) to do the opposite - ridicule opposite positions and summarily dismiss them. You should also be able to identify the problems with your own positions so that you hold them out of reason and not prejudice. Again, this course teaches the opposite, by only providing texts for students to criticize that defend the position the lecturers disagree with (with some honorable exceptions). Particularly terrible in this sense were some one-sided applications to "global challenges". The one on climate change can only be considered acceptable by uncritical individuals who want to hear their preconceptions validated at any cost - which may be fine, but not in a classroom. The lecturer uses terms like "deniers", "stupid" and "dishonest" to qualify either individuals or positions held by individuals who disagree with anthropogenic climate change theories. This sort of application is in fact in contradiction with the very same principles of critical thought supposedly addressed in this course. It is a true mess. Maybe the course will change during future offerings, and if so you may want to check it out. If it does not, forget about it. It's a shame and it makes the great University of Edinburgh look bad - other courses from this institution are pretty good.
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Gabriel Candal profile image
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 18 reviews
  • 14 completed
5 years, 8 months ago
For someone who already studied Philosophy in high school, this is not new material; nevertheless, the world would be a better place if everyone knew the basics on identifying (and producing) credible arguments. In a lightweight way, all the fundamentals are covered, providing students with more than sufficient knowledge to start questioning what they read and hear in their daily (or professional) lives.
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Jorge Ferreira profile image
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10/10 starsTaking Now
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
5 years, 8 months ago
This is a course for is excellent and Professor Rolf takes history, management, theory, mashes it all together and makes a new masterpiece of interpretation You will be engaged, interested, and stimulated.
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Bart olomeus profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
  • 15 reviews
  • 13 completed
5 years, 6 months ago
A course with a light workload and an easy difficulty. Aside from that I think it's a fine course in its genre. Sort of an appetiser or side dish. The course does not delve all that deeply into the theory of critical thinking but invites you to become aware of common pitfalls when consuming information from a variety of sources. I think "Sceptical Reading of Online Articles" is a more apt title for this course.
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Tom Rogers profile image
Tom Rogers profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
Part of my responsibilities involve reviewing a lot of information and putting it into a context. I found this course very helpful by laying out a framework to assess the quality of information and the real world examples used in the homework made the points very relevant. For the homework, you had the option of picking one of four topics. I completed several of the topics and found it helped me better understand the process. The course was run well and the instructors were professional and seemed to show up on the discussion forum when required.
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Winthrop Yu profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 27 completed
6 years ago
Good introduction to thinking with important global issues as examples. Easily accessible, yet forces you to think carefully about issues. Course could be better if extended a bit with more examples.
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Jennifer profile image
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Good short lectures that go directly to the point. A lot of exercises. Very clear and focused. Teach you to identify reliable information.
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3/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
  • 16 completed
6 years, 6 months ago
Pretty terrible course, not up to a college level standard. Incredibly short, weekly course load -- less than 10-minutes of primary lectures a week. Claimed that some assignments weren't necessary for passing, but in fact they did affect the passing grade. Some lecturers didn't follow the lessons they were teaching (such as, being objective, non-emotional when evaluating claims, etc.).
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 7 months ago
An interesting course in terms of format, but not very challenging. The lectures were too short and barely covered the content. A little disappointing.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
For me there was great value in the excellent design of the course. Design is important to successful takeaway learning outcomes. I believe that the course has provided me with two new learnings/skills that I will use and develop in my life from now on viz; understanding that there is a recipe for critical thinking and critical evaluation construct and practical exercises with feedback scores to allow me to measure my understandings. I am required to speak publicly periodically so this course work is going to allow me greater confidence during preparation, delivery and counter response. I did find that, over the duration, three or four of the questions were ambiguous to me. Thank you to the faculty and to the University for delivering this through coursera, The course was previewed well and was everything I expected it to be. I believe the topic to be of such significance that it might be considered as part of the coursework for othe... For me there was great value in the excellent design of the course. Design is important to successful takeaway learning outcomes. I believe that the course has provided me with two new learnings/skills that I will use and develop in my life from now on viz; understanding that there is a recipe for critical thinking and critical evaluation construct and practical exercises with feedback scores to allow me to measure my understandings. I am required to speak publicly periodically so this course work is going to allow me greater confidence during preparation, delivery and counter response. I did find that, over the duration, three or four of the questions were ambiguous to me. Thank you to the faculty and to the University for delivering this through coursera, The course was previewed well and was everything I expected it to be. I believe the topic to be of such significance that it might be considered as part of the coursework for other subjects
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Kamran Badalov profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
Positives: 1) Grading system for final exam is more relevant for MOOCs where the identification is problematic. You don't know which questions you answered right, which answers you got wrong, whereas you can see your total score, and right answer are released after the deadline. IMHO, this grading system can be ameliorated further, so that a courserian cannot see his/her final score until the deadline. This may significantly diminish the scope of fraud or cheating. 2) Submitting transcripts along with subtitles deserves appreciation. Personally, in previous courses I saw only subtitles. 3) In compare with "Think Again", this course was more practical. Almost all weeks were like a workshop. Negatives: 1) Lectures were too short. Or too much information for 2-minute lectures. It would be better if the lecturers use small smart boards (that is used in several other courserian courses) while explaining something. 2) It is a pity that two... Positives: 1) Grading system for final exam is more relevant for MOOCs where the identification is problematic. You don't know which questions you answered right, which answers you got wrong, whereas you can see your total score, and right answer are released after the deadline. IMHO, this grading system can be ameliorated further, so that a courserian cannot see his/her final score until the deadline. This may significantly diminish the scope of fraud or cheating. 2) Submitting transcripts along with subtitles deserves appreciation. Personally, in previous courses I saw only subtitles. 3) In compare with "Think Again", this course was more practical. Almost all weeks were like a workshop. Negatives: 1) Lectures were too short. Or too much information for 2-minute lectures. It would be better if the lecturers use small smart boards (that is used in several other courserian courses) while explaining something. 2) It is a pity that two courses on argument, namely "Think Again" and "Critical Thinking in Global Challenges" on argument overlapped. 3) In compare with "Think Again", this course was less informative.
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Óscar M profile image
Óscar M profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
The idea of the course was excellent, the information was superb, but there was too little. Comparing to other courses I'm taking, even at the University of Edinburgh the lectures are WAAAAY longer. I would like to feel like I'm taking the course at the school, and I certainly doubt they give 3 minutes lectures and the class is dismissed. In conclusion, I think there is nothing to CHANGE to the course but to ADD to it.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
Idea of this course was excellent. It's really best to teach critical thinking in the context of specific topics. The problem is that the content was very superficial. There was less than one hour of general lecture for the whole course and about a half hour for the topic of climate change. There were only a couple of references given. The longer lecture on climate change was quite good, but a bit sarcastic and arrogant for my taste. The one good thing was the involvement of the instructor in the discussion fora. However, overall, very disappointing.
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2/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
I was a bit disappointed with this class compared to the quality of some others in COURSERA, especially Pr Tomkin great class on sustainability... This class was too shallow... I would suggest that each subject, obesity, population, disease, to be taken more in depth... serge
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Mubarak Alkhatnai profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
A very interesting course. I learned a lot about critical thinking and how to assess resources better. I wish these tips are taught in schools and media as they will help people being better speakers and listeners. Thank you
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Jacquie Winter profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
This was the fourth course I've taken at the online Coursera.org University. While this class was a departure from the otherwise heady economic/business type courses I've been taking, I found it to be very helpful and appropriate yet complimentary to the other courses I've taken. I appreciated re-learning the tools of assessing evidence and arguments as well as the 5-steps to think about when developing my own arguments. This will most certainly assist me in my other courses of study and my life in general. I enjoyed how your course videos were short and concise with the objectives for the week. I appreciated the resources with each class for further reading and studying. I enjoyed and found the homework and quizzes after each week's assignment to be helpful in understanding and practicing the learning objectives. As a perpetual learner (and proud of it), I wish to personally express my deep gratitude of thanks for Dr. Caquineau and ... This was the fourth course I've taken at the online Coursera.org University. While this class was a departure from the otherwise heady economic/business type courses I've been taking, I found it to be very helpful and appropriate yet complimentary to the other courses I've taken. I appreciated re-learning the tools of assessing evidence and arguments as well as the 5-steps to think about when developing my own arguments. This will most certainly assist me in my other courses of study and my life in general. I enjoyed how your course videos were short and concise with the objectives for the week. I appreciated the resources with each class for further reading and studying. I enjoyed and found the homework and quizzes after each week's assignment to be helpful in understanding and practicing the learning objectives. As a perpetual learner (and proud of it), I wish to personally express my deep gratitude of thanks for Dr. Caquineau and Professor Dutia, the University of Edinburgh, and mostly Coursera, for being part of the change in the way knowledge reaches the masses in the world today.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
I did this course as a follow up to Think again. I was hoping the level would be high as the other course. In reality this course is for beginners to critical thinking and I used it as good practice and consolidated my knowledge gained from the other course. I am also a graduate in Microbiology and I had hoped that there would be little more content regarding the biological side. So content wise it was a lot more simpler than i hoped but this course is really useful to beginners in this area of study whether it is critical thinking and/or biology.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
I had though that I'd been good at critical thinking...before I enrolled in this course. What impressed me most in this course was the part of "fallacies". I even printed the relevant slides and stick them on the wall to remind myself of those points during the research work. It's really a wonderful course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
Like many others in this review thread, I too am taking several Coursera courses. I am pleasantly surprised to see how many took this course along with "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue" (Duke). The two courses compliment one another. I found the work-load on this course surprisingly light until I opened myself to the reality that I was only shortchanging myself by 'getting through the course' instead of utilizing the full learning potential, doing all the quizes for all 4 subject areas and participating in the various discussion threads. I found the professors' arguments in the 'correct' answers to the quizes to be particularly useful for learning. The level of work was appropriate for a brief introductory course. While it would have been nice to have a more structured peer-review-of-arguments process, the reality is that it is not feasible in such a brief course. I have seen this work well in courses of 8 weeks and 12 weeks. I ... Like many others in this review thread, I too am taking several Coursera courses. I am pleasantly surprised to see how many took this course along with "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue" (Duke). The two courses compliment one another. I found the work-load on this course surprisingly light until I opened myself to the reality that I was only shortchanging myself by 'getting through the course' instead of utilizing the full learning potential, doing all the quizes for all 4 subject areas and participating in the various discussion threads. I found the professors' arguments in the 'correct' answers to the quizes to be particularly useful for learning. The level of work was appropriate for a brief introductory course. While it would have been nice to have a more structured peer-review-of-arguments process, the reality is that it is not feasible in such a brief course. I have seen this work well in courses of 8 weeks and 12 weeks. I look forward to future courses in related areas from U Edinburgh and the professors from this course. Thank you. Well done
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 11 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
This was a great class. I loved how the deadlines were setup and how worked as it seemed to take a global view of the students and some possible challenges students may have when it comes to access to the internet. The Teachers were very personable Overall execellent This course was different than what I expected, which is a good thing and it also went well with the Think Again: How To reason and Argue call that is offered through Coursera I would like to see them explain how to respond to all the different types of arguments e.g. strawman half truths cherry picking lying to name some of them This course really fits in and helps with some of the other courses I am taking. No prerequisites
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4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 3 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
Unfortunately, this course did not fulfil my expectations. In my opinion the main topic "Critical Thinking" was treated really superficially. One might argue that this was only an introductory course and five weeks were not enough time to go more into detail. However, there were only two hours of video lectures - an amount that other courses cover in one or two weeks.
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1/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Worst course I've taken on Coursera so far. For some reason it is in "Energy and Earth Science" , and "Biology and Life Science" category in Coursera. This is just misleading - there's almost nothing at all from this categories in course (And there is almost nothing at all AT ALL, but more about it later.) It looks more like an attempt to make advanced Think Again course from Coursera with some critical thinking. Sounds great, but the execution is the problem. First of all. Lectures were less than 1 hour / week. There were ALL as long as FIRST WEEK of Introduction To Astronomy. And it's time if you choose ALL the routes they've given. I'm not sure whether this qualifies as a course. There were 4 paths to choose, and I've completed only one route fully - climate change. And while watching this I understood what exactly is wrong with this course. Lectures on global warning were short, it looked like guy who was doing it had never even ... Worst course I've taken on Coursera so far. For some reason it is in "Energy and Earth Science" , and "Biology and Life Science" category in Coursera. This is just misleading - there's almost nothing at all from this categories in course (And there is almost nothing at all AT ALL, but more about it later.) It looks more like an attempt to make advanced Think Again course from Coursera with some critical thinking. Sounds great, but the execution is the problem. First of all. Lectures were less than 1 hour / week. There were ALL as long as FIRST WEEK of Introduction To Astronomy. And it's time if you choose ALL the routes they've given. I'm not sure whether this qualifies as a course. There were 4 paths to choose, and I've completed only one route fully - climate change. And while watching this I understood what exactly is wrong with this course. Lectures on global warning were short, it looked like guy who was doing it had never even seen a good course. The speech was not really professional for this type of course. It was too emotional, and he never slows down a little to explain things more deeply. Everything was not TAUGHT it was TOLD. It looked more like TED talk than course, and I think that it was. Probably someone saw some talk on TED, and thought - let's make course out of it. Obviously it didn't work. Exercises for climate change path was frustrating, because it was not enough explained in lecture, and sometimes two or more answers looked that they could be used, but only one could. However those exercises weren't graded. There was final exam - not really connected to climate change path, or any path at all I guess. Exam was very easy, also because it was multiple choice, so I easily got over 90%. I didn't feel that before taking course I would have different score in this quiz. To sum up. It's not a course - it is basically few clips similar to TED talks, with quiz. It shouldn't be on Coursera, and for sure it shouldn't have misleading labels on it.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
I was really excited to start on this course however I found it quite shallow. I had started the common overlap course "Think Again" also offered by Coursera however I left that one because I wasn't enjoying it and it went into too much detail. This course was the opposite in that the detail was too shallow. If there could be a blend of the two then maybe there would be a course about Critical Thinking and Argumentation that would be interesting to me. I didn't think that this course really me the standards being set by other online courses.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges appears to be deceptively simple. At first glance it seems as though the lessons are short, indeed the videos are a bit shorter than other courses I've taken through Coursera. The difference (for me, anyway) is that having had my critical thinking skills sharpened and mind encouraged, I was ready to take the things I'd learnt to the forums and to the real world. So yes, the classes themselves may have been a bit short, but I was urged to immediately begin applying the lessons and that did take a little extra time in my daily life. Reading news stories took a bit longer, conversations with friends or co-workers took on a new level for me. Like others who have reviewed this course, I also took *Think Again, How to Reason & Argue* and felt that *Critical Thinking* worked beautifully with it. If the *Critical Thinking* team offered an advanced or similar course, I wouldn't hesitate to take it. Pros:... Critical Thinking in Global Challenges appears to be deceptively simple. At first glance it seems as though the lessons are short, indeed the videos are a bit shorter than other courses I've taken through Coursera. The difference (for me, anyway) is that having had my critical thinking skills sharpened and mind encouraged, I was ready to take the things I'd learnt to the forums and to the real world. So yes, the classes themselves may have been a bit short, but I was urged to immediately begin applying the lessons and that did take a little extra time in my daily life. Reading news stories took a bit longer, conversations with friends or co-workers took on a new level for me. Like others who have reviewed this course, I also took *Think Again, How to Reason & Argue* and felt that *Critical Thinking* worked beautifully with it. If the *Critical Thinking* team offered an advanced or similar course, I wouldn't hesitate to take it. Pros: Small time commitment for watching videos and doing coursework yet information was immediately applicable to real life. Very personable team. Variety and choice in choosing a "Global Challenge"/or do them all Information easily understandable Cons: The course was so fun I wish it had gone on for a few more weeks Definitely could have stretched the subjects out a bit longer to assure mastery Would have liked more time with the Global Challenge presenters Bottom line: Highly recommended for everyone. It's quick, makes you think and sticks with you.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
The only reason this course didn't get five stars from me is that I would've liked more content. We were given certain methods for analyzing/evaluating arguments, but no examples were worked through during the videos. Supposedly three or four hours per week were required, but I worked through most weeks in under an hour. I'm no whiz kid, either. Still, it was an excellent course. I'd like it to be either longer and more in-depth, or to see a part 2 offered. Thank you to all professors involved! It was well worth my time.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
First of all I would like to thank all the staff who were involved. For me it was very interesting since now I can understand much better what critical thinking is and how important is to use it in our arguments. Now I will use these ideas with my students as well.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
Certainly, one of the best things I did was take this course. The idea of producing and refute arguments with some of the global challenges was fantastic. I've learned a lot. Even the short time of the course, so as the videos, was good for me, because I have school and work the whole day. I can only thank the team from the University of Edinburgh. It was a pleasure.
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