Thinking it Through

When you’re presented with new ideas and perspectives, how do you process that information? Like assembling a complicated puzzle, critical thinking involves an inventory of the pieces, an understanding of how things do (or do not) fit, and finding a way to reach goals. In this course, you will learn how to use a structured process to evaluate information, think through issues, and determine solutions.

Course Outcomes

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems using reasoning.
  • Analyze credible information that allows one to discover answers to questions and reach conclusions.
  • Determine the best solution to a given problem using ethical principles, prior knowledge, and research.

Media Assets

  • Features 17 Video Stories covering business operations, marketing, competition, leadership, management, and more.

In this course, you’ll be challenged to put philosophy into action every day—to question the world around you and to consider alternative perspectives—in order to make more thoughtful decisions. You’ll learn to take on life’s most enigmatic questions and the more practical ones. You’ll also tap into new ways of thinking that can positively impact your life, your relationships, and your career.

This week, you’ll practice asking questions that will help you recognize barriers in your own thinking and beliefs, as well as in those of others. As you use critical thinking strategies, you’ll build your innovation and agility skills to examine the biases, assumptions, and prejudices that can keep you from making successful life decisions and reaching strong solutions.

This week, you will continue to strengthen your problem solving skill by applying critical thinking strategies to gathering credible information. You’ll also hone your innovation skill by looking for creative ways to source solutions. As you investigate sources to determine their credibility, you’ll develop your ability to solve philosophical and everyday problems throughout your life and career.

This week, you’ll continue strengthening your problem solving skill by using critical thinking strategies to practice making arguments built on logic. By logically weighing the strengths and weaknesses of different potential solutions, you’ll be better equipped to respond decisively to philosophical problems in your personal and professional life.

This week, you’ll improve your problem solving and innovation skills by examining how your understanding of a problem impacts the solutions you reach. You’ll also strengthen your agility skill by exploring how to stay flexible as you approach different types of problems in the real world!

This week, you’ll fine-tune your problem solving skill by exploring how to use ethics to guide your personal decision-making process. You’ll also enrich your agility skill by engaging what philosophers call your “moral imagination.” By learning more about ethics, you’ll improve your ability to make effective decisions and act in ways that will lead to success and peace of mind, now and in the future.

This week, you’ll strengthen your problem solving skill by thinking critically about how your personal ethics and values impact how you make decisions and determine solutions. You’ll also hone your agility skill as you explore ways to move away from old habits that are holding you back and make changes that will propel you into the next phase of your life.

This week, you’ll enhance your problem solving skill by considering how you (and others) can put the right words to work to answer philosophical questions and communicate ideas or solutions in any situation. You’ll also strengthen your agility skill by discovering how to adapt the way you share knowledge as situations change.

This week, you’ll go even further, strengthening your problem solving skill by explaining your philosophy of change to an audience. You’ll also apply your innovation skill as you draw from your own experiences and other information to refine or reconsider how you’ve solved problems in the past.

This week, you’ll get a chance to actually practice what you’ve learned by using your problem solving, innovation, and agility skills together to make a decision about a controversial issue. No matter where your educational and professional journeys take you, practicing and continuously improving the way you think will boost your ability to get there successfully!

Congrats on reaching the final week of PHI201! Over the past 11 weeks, we’ve explored the many ways critical thinking can build your problem solving, innovation, and agility skills. As you face complex challenges now and in your future, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use philosophy to successfully reach your goals.