Faculty of Arts

PHIL 105

Critical Thinking

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for PHIL 105.


In this course, you will learn how to systematically evaluate your beliefs and develop techniques to form good beliefs and avoid bad ones. You will learn how to recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments. You will learn to identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs. You will learn to use basic logical tools to analyse arguments. You will apply these skills in a number of areas including science, moral theories and law.

Alongside the traditional in-person version of the course, from Semester 1 2016 PHIL 105 and PHIL 105G will also be offered online.

Both the in-person and online versions of the course will cover the same material, although topics may be covered at different times and in different formats in the two courses.

The in-person version will feature 24 lectures (two per week) and eleven tutorial/discussion groups (one per week from the second week). If you enrol in the in-person version you must select a tutorial. The in-person lectures will be recorded, but they are designed to be delivered and listened to in person.

The online course will be delivered through short videos and articles, specifically designed for online consumption. Instead of tutorials, the online version of the course will feature monitored discussion groups.

You must choose between the in-person and online versions of the course. You will be able to change between the two versions in the first two weeks of the semester (subject to there being spaces available in the in-person course). You will not be able to switch between the two versions of the course after the normal deadline for changing your enrolment.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Timothy Mulgan
Dr Andrew Withy


The in-person and online streams will have the same assessment, although the content of quizzes, assignments and the examination may differ.

Coursework involving online activities (50%)
Final examination (50%)


PHIL 105: 15.0 points

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