By writing, reading, and engaging in discussion in this course, you'll work to improve your ability to:
Critical Thinking & Writing is primarily a course about writing and rhetoric, but in this section, we will attempt to answer the question: Why do people disagree over facts? This course will introduce students to rhetorical concepts through inquiry into this timely, yet timeless question. We will examine how facts are produced, verified, and challenged by analyzing three "spheres" of discourse: popular, news, and academic. Students will be expected to generate their own research topics and compose in multiple genres and media. Ultimately, this course seeks to increase writers' rhetorical awareness and information literacy to become more critical, effective, and adaptable knowledge producers in a world of abundant, conflicting facts.