FutureLearn Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    Platform:
    FutureLearn
    Provider:
    University of Leeds
    Length:
    2 weeks
    Effort:
    4 hours/week
    Cost:
    Free
    Language:
    English
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    Make sure you have the critical thinking skills required for university
    Critical thinking is a vital skill at university and later in life. University study introduces you to new concepts, ways of learning and requires you to think critically. You need to know how to question information sources and how to evaluate different arguments.

    Despite critical thinking being so important, students are often unprepared when they start their studies. This course will show you what critical thinking skills you need at university level, how they can be applied to different disciplines and how to use practical strategies to develop these skills for a successful academic life.

    What topics will you cover?
    • What is critical thinking?
    • A model for critical thinking
    • Why is critical thinking important at university?
    • Challenges to thinking critically at university
    • How can you improve your critical thinking?
    • Outcomes of critical thinking at university

    This course is for anyone preparing to study at university level or for current university students. You may be an undergraduate or a new taught postgraduate student who might be unfamiliar with studying in the UK. If you want to have a successful academic life, this course will give you the foundations whatever your discipline at university.

    Critical thinking skills are also valued later life by employers, so if you want to refresh your skills, this practical online course is for you.

    The course is part of the academic skills courses portfolio at the University of Leeds aiming to improve skills required for academic study. See also FutureLearn - Introduction to Research Ethics: Working with People.

    Taught by
    Michelle Schneider and Jiani Liu

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