Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

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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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Wendy Wilson profile image
Wendy Wilson profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
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6 years, 1 month ago
I did enjoy this course - partly because it gave me the chance to use in practice things I learned in another Coursera course (Duke University's "Think Again: How To Reason And Argue"). While I found the video content in "Critical Thinking" to be very short in length compared to other Coursera courses I have or am taking (which was both a blessing - since I was enrolled in 3 other courses at the same time - and a curse - I would have liked more in-depth information and discussion or more examples), I did find the Global Challenges assignments quite interesting. Those gave me a chance to dig deeper into a topic, using the basic information provided in the lectures. I was impressed with the look of the videos and presentation of the instructors. Overall, this was a great introduction to critical thinking. If you were to offer a follow- up course, I would be very likely to enroll. Thanks to all at University of Edinburgh!!
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Sean Zimmerman profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Great first course for me! I found that the stated time commitment was accurate throughout the course. The content of the course was presented clearly. The short videos were efficient in that they contained a great amount of information in a short time period. The instant feedback on the quizzes and the homework contributed to learning the material as well.
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Khawla Suwaidi profile image
Khawla Suwaidi profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Hi, I liked the course, I learned very new topics. It taught me how to criticize in correct way. About me and personally I like learning to improve my education and my skills, but i want it to be more fun! -critical thinking is one of my favourit subjects but in this course didn't feel the real fun or joy! I felt i'm lost didn't know where to start but i knew where to end so that i like the conclusion results I believe when I feel fun it means I'll get the best score, so feeling fun during studying it's very important to me. Best Regards. Khawla
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Juan Moreno profile image
Juan Moreno profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Hi everyone, I am very happy with this course because not only is a different kind of course of the courses which I have taken previously in coursera but also for my is inspiring too. Although I am an Historian who had the privileged of studying during one year in Edinburgh University thanks to Erasmus program, this course has given me many reason to go ahead and study again in the university of Edinburgh , MSC Global Challenges that is gonna allow me to do something useful for the world. Thanks to all you as well for this initiative that allow to a lot of people like me to study these kind of courses which in other way I had been able to take anyway. I hope see you soon, in other courses.
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Dina Fathalla profile image
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was an interesting introduction to Critical Thinking. My favourite part of the course was that during weeks 3 and 4, we got to choose one topic of interest out of the four global challenges provided. The lectures are a bit too short, so it would be nice for them to be approximately twice as long. But other than that, it is a good course and the quizzes and homework make up for the short lectures. The final exam is important to do as it is a good opportunity to apply what you learn.
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Caroline Hunter profile image
Caroline Hunter profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
An excellent course, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The topics chosen were both relevant and interesting. I learned a great deal.
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Geo profile image
7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course was really fun to me, but I don't know if it was because I absolutely love the subject and the global challenge that I chose or because it was good. My opinion is also not objective because I already knew some things, so I got bored every now and then... But I'll try my best to give a review. It was superficial, yes, but it was an introductory course. It was the first course I've ever finished, which was really good to me. I learned a lot and it helped me organize the knowledge I already had and to give it a whole new meaning. It was challenging and motivating. The quizzes and homeworks really helped the information to sink in and the final exam was great. I think the course could be improved if a little more context were provided about the benefits of critical thinking (or even its disadvvatanges.) More of like the way your life changes when you become a critical thinker and how your world view is modified. Something lik... This course was really fun to me, but I don't know if it was because I absolutely love the subject and the global challenge that I chose or because it was good. My opinion is also not objective because I already knew some things, so I got bored every now and then... But I'll try my best to give a review. It was superficial, yes, but it was an introductory course. It was the first course I've ever finished, which was really good to me. I learned a lot and it helped me organize the knowledge I already had and to give it a whole new meaning. It was challenging and motivating. The quizzes and homeworks really helped the information to sink in and the final exam was great. I think the course could be improved if a little more context were provided about the benefits of critical thinking (or even its disadvvatanges.) More of like the way your life changes when you become a critical thinker and how your world view is modified. Something like that.
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Matthias Neuroth profile image
Matthias Neuroth profile image
4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
The course material was clear and the topics selected for engagement very interesting. However, I believe a more in-depth treatment of the material by means of worked out examples in longer video lectures and overall a longer course duration would improve this course significantly. Some of the exercises (quiz or homework) result explanation were somewhat confusing or subject to debate. It left me a little disappointed. Irrespective of this, a big thank you to Celine, Mayank and their colleagues for offering this course. It certainly advanced my knowledge on a number of topics and stimulates to pursue critical thinking and reasoning further.
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Michele Bertholf profile image
Michele Bertholf profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
The course was well-differentiated for learners of many levels with the opportunity for those wanting more of a challenge to access more material and push themselves further if desired (without waiting for a teacher or course structure to do it FOR them--I like this). The videos were an effective length, neither too long or short only highlighting the main and essential points, and I think perfect for a "critical thinking" course--after all, if we can think, we should be able to find additional information on these topics on our own as independent learners. Similarly, the testing format suited learners of multiple abilities and language backgrounds, leaving those wishing to "push themselves" harder in the course with the option to do so on the written aspect of the course. I think this was very well-thought out and delivered in terms of an online course with "no prior background" and a target audience of diverse students with differe... The course was well-differentiated for learners of many levels with the opportunity for those wanting more of a challenge to access more material and push themselves further if desired (without waiting for a teacher or course structure to do it FOR them--I like this). The videos were an effective length, neither too long or short only highlighting the main and essential points, and I think perfect for a "critical thinking" course--after all, if we can think, we should be able to find additional information on these topics on our own as independent learners. Similarly, the testing format suited learners of multiple abilities and language backgrounds, leaving those wishing to "push themselves" harder in the course with the option to do so on the written aspect of the course. I think this was very well-thought out and delivered in terms of an online course with "no prior background" and a target audience of diverse students with different native languages. I might suggest, from this standpoint, that transcripts of some of the lectures be available as PDF files --not to diminish the value of the note-taking process, but non-native English speakers might benefit from this. I have not taken any other coursera classes, so I do not know how this compares, but I was pleased enough with the experience to (a) suggest it to my own students and get some of them to sign up for courses and (b) sign up for another one.
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Glenda Del Rosario profile image
Glenda Del Rosario profile image
6/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Thank you! The course is very helpful to develop not only social but also global awareness. Hope there could be another course like this. Thank you Coursera! The best.
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Don-Don Crisostomo profile image
Don-Don Crisostomo profile image
6/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
The course is an endeavor challenges us to think bigger than usual. It is actually a connivance of learning put into a knowledge this world should think, and because earth cannot think, the people within is the actor. Kudos!
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Benjamin Sandler profile image
Benjamin Sandler profile image
2/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
The course did teach the basic tools to analyze arguments but in my view didn't encourage students enough to come up with their own arguments (coursera doesn't support that yet in a good way...). In my opinion the course was way to easy and the lectures didn't teach me anything interesting or important. After 2 weeks I easily finished the quizzes and homework without even watching the videos. In the next iteration of this course it should be more engaging and better help students forming their own thoughts.
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Fawad Ahmed profile image
Fawad Ahmed profile image
7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Thank you Respected Teachers. It was a good informative course but at the same time was less challenging . I will be waiting to have more courses with this team. God bless you.
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Ivana Borić profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
Thank you for this great course! I'm from Serbia, and these was my first in Coursera, and I realy enjoyed to learn. I work like life coach and columnist for Profit magazin, and everything what we learn here was very it is very useful and interesting. Would like to thank you for your time, because you have provided excellent presentations of lectures. Best wishes in your future work!
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Dawin Acosta profile image
Dawin Acosta profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course is excellent in showing the elements of discussions and arguments and open one's mind on many facts. Thanks.
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Mohamed Elraoof profile image
Mohamed Elraoof profile image
7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course is good in showing the elements of discussions and arguments and open one's mind on many facts. The course will be more complete with others thinking materials connected to the critical thinking.
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Noureen Reimoo profile image
Noureen Reimoo profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Thanks Dr Celine Caquineau and Professor Mayank Dutia for organizing such an interesting course on Critical Thinking in Global Challenges. I liked the idea of attempting quiz during video. This is something different that I never observed in any other course. Professor Mayank Dutia is speaks very clearly that helped me to grasp concepts. The research articles and presentations were helpful in attempting homework.
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6 years, 1 month ago
As an IELTS tutor in ChiangMai Thailand I will try to do all of four topical Global Challenges to investigate in a little more detail to develop my skills in critical thinking . Janine Yasovant BSc. MPA.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Great course! I recommend it to everyone, no matter what background or interests. Critical thinking is a basic tool that everyone should develop. The lectures were short, but good enough to direct the students in the right way. I appreciate the effort and interest dedicated by the course team that resulted in a very successful course that surely benefited all engaged students. The "Our Changing World" lectures from the University of Edinburgh are very good and were a plus to the course.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
It was a very interesting course and as it was my first in coursera, i enjoyed the form of learning and understanding the videos!! Also the 4 challenges were very attractive to occupy, think critically and test what have we already learned during this course.
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Robert Mackay profile image
Robert Mackay profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I was guessing that i should do this course first and before all others. In this I was proved correct. I found that the course not only delivered at exactly the apprropriate level for a beginner it also allowed me reasionable time to get up to speed with the controls, i.e there is a lot to learn. Thank you and of course an absolute recommendation from me for other students who wish to follow on this intakes wake.
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Joana Gouveia profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I liked the topics of global challenges, the video lectures, and i loved the teachers! It was a new experience for me and it exceeded my expectations as i had never done an online course.
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Saadiyah Aslam profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
The course lays a good foundation for developing and understanding arguments. Researchers and Students can get a lot of benefit
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Hats off to COURSERA for giving me the opportunity to enter into the course like "Critical Thinking in Global Challenges" I choose this course for it's valuable design, how great it is. It was really fascinating to me to studied in-depth well articulated modules, home works and quizzes. I am sure that this course will help me to complete my research work "Industrial Property Rights in Global Economy" I am now undergoing the course like "Parliamentary Budget" of World Bank Institute, "Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws" of National University of Juridical Sciences, India. I have completed online courses related to my subject. And I must say as off now that COURSERA is the best platform to learn on serious issues like Critical Thinking.
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Lars Lund-Jacobsen profile image
Lars Lund-Jacobsen profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This being my first course I really didn't know what to expect, however I found the course surprisingly easy and see it as an introduction to the subject. The videos was short and to the point and the teachers was very easy to understand. I found the course very interesting and provided me with new knowledge which have helped me to have an even more critical approach to the news presented in the media, based on the techniques introduced at the course. All in all an educational course which have added to my personal skills.
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Justina Or profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course is really good I like it very much. the workload per week is very appropriate! the materials are well chosen. not only we can learn to think in this course but also a lot of global issues which we need to pay attention to! Generally this course is a useful and a good one! I look forward to taking some more courses from the university of Edinbeurg!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was a very thought provoking course. Great presentations and good questions. Anyone who want to improve their skills in analysis and debating a topic should take this course. The methodology presented was very good and applicable to other areas of requiring a lot of thought in formulating an answer using evidence and not emotions. I highly recommend that anyone involved with wanting to learn take this course. I would like to thank the course instructors and contributors for their time in developing this course. Keep up the good work.
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Manyane profile image
Manyane profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
The course was challenging and very interesting. The course was also very different and engaging. I think this course is appropriate across the board and no requisites are necessary. Overall, this was one course that made me think like a student in a long time. Thanks.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is a great course, easy and right to the point, this is exactly what I wanted to have, it helped me develop my critical thinking skills both in oral and in writing and made acquiring the skill joyful rather than painful or boring. Thank you
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course is so fun. You should take this course to improve ur ability in critical thinking. two thumps up! :)
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