FP3301 - Critical Thinking


Critical Thinking


20 CC   10 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies


Tutor contact: 60 hours

Self directed study: 140 hours

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
60 0 140

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.

  • An introduction to creative and critical thinking concepts
  • Considering credibility; belief and truth
  • Identifying how language is used for persuasion
  • Identifying how image is used for persuasion
  • Recognising how media is used for manipulation
  • An introduction to advertising and marketing techniques
  • Representation and misrepresentation of data


1. To introduce approaches to analytical and critical thinking.

2. To develop an understanding of critical thinking when applied to language, image, and media and advertising output.


Lectures and seminars accompanied by workshops, group work, structured debate and presentations. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1 Describe some of the approaches in critical thinking.

LO2 Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of texts and media.

LO3 Present and support an academic argument or viewpoint.

LO4 Develop confidence in their own reasoning and fairness in considering different viewpoints.




Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Essay 1200 words50%1 and 3Coursework
2Coursework 1200 words50%2 and 4Coursework

Reassessment will use the same mode of assessment.

Barnes, J. (2000). Aristotle: a very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press

Bowell, T. & Kelp, Gary. (2002). Critical Thinking: a concise guide. Routledge (ebook)

Davies, M.W. and Barnett, R. (2015). The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan

Russell. B. (2009). History of Western Philosophy. Routledge

Taylor. CCW. (1998).  Socrates: a very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press

Van Den Brink-Budgen, R. (2011). Critical Thinking for Students. (4th ed.). Howtobooks Ltd.

Lucy Irvine

Centre for Foundation Studies

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