Critical Thinking, Critical Theory

10 Units

This course is organised around a process of transformational learning which supports students to become independent and autonomous critical thinkers. It is premised on the idea that critical thinking is more than a set of skills. Critical thinking involves the cultivation of a critical dialogue between one¿s life experiences and the diverse theoretical traditions that have sought to give answers to the questions of what it is to know and think critically, how we develop criticality, and how we situate the thinking-subject.

School Student and Academic Business
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate capacity to compare, contrast and evaluate a diverse range of theoretical understandings and practises of critical thinking.
  2. Demonstrate autonomous and independent critical thinking in relation to a diverse range of texts, including through practices of critical reflexivity, deep listening and dialogical engagement.
  3. Demonstrate appreciation of how to develop collaborative learning and knowledge production practices that are inclusive and attentive to questions of difference and diversity.

The course begins with an introduction to the ‘ABC’ of critical thinking. It then moves to a critical evaluation of mainstream understandings of critical thinking through exploration of a diverse range of theories, including feminism, post-structuralism, decolonial theory and critical indigenous theory. It organises this critical evaluation through an exploration of how the theories differently understand a range of concepts that are key to critical thinking such as textuality and text, literacy and translation, theory and theorising, author and audience, polemic and dialogue, and reflexivity and listening.

Assessment Items
  • Essay: Essay in relation to a key concept in critical thinking
  • Presentation: Presentation
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case-Study Project

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Course Materials
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Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PGTD6002
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