Think, It’s Critical!

A Programme for Individual Skill-development for High-school Students

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24 hours over 8 weeks - 90 minutes per day for 2 days a week

12-24 participants per programme

 

Week 1

Days 1 and 2: Would you like to have an argument?

  • Critical thinking is for everyone!
  • The fundamental unit of reasoning – an argument
  • Interactive exercise: What makes an argument strong or weak?

 

Week 2

Days 3 and 4: The truth, the whole truth, and a pinch of salt

  • How to verify facts
  • Making decisions with imperfect information
  • Interactive exercise: How can facts be distinguished from opinions?  

 

Week 3

Days 5 and 6: Finding fallacies

  • Common logical fallacies in arguments
  • Is an imperfect argument always fallacious?
  • Interactive exercise: How can fallacious arguments be improved?

 

Week 4

Days 7 and 8: Refuting arguments

  • Formulating rebuttals
  • Crafting counterarguments
  • Interactive exercise: How can complex arguments be decoded?

 

 

Week 5

Days 9 and 10: Practical exercise – Argumentative Speaking 1

  • What would you like to speak about?
  • Articulating your own argument
  • Individual feedback and analysis

 

Week 6

Days 11 and 12: Practical exercise – Argumentative Speaking 2

  • What would you like to speak about?
  • Articulating your own argument
  • Individual feedback and analysis

 

Week 7

Days 13 and 14: Practical exercise - Negotiation 1 (Theme: Business and economics)

  • Can you predict the outcome of a negotiation?
  • Dynamic group negotiation exercise
  • Debriefing and individual feedback

 

Week 8

Days 15 and 16: Practical exercise - Negotiation 2 (Theme: Politics and ethics)

  • Can you predict the outcome of a negotiation?
  • Dynamic group negotiation exercise
  • Debriefing and individual feedback