At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Social media, political discourses, arguments with your stepmother: everyday, you need argumentation skills to detect when someone is trying to manipulate or mislead you. After all, there is a reason why the topic has been taught since Antiquity.
And now that we have data, and graphs everywhere, of course, people can be misled with graphs, statistics, or models. In this online class, we will teach you how to evaluate simple arguments, that you will hear in everyday conversations, with a focus on those that are supported by data analyses and visualization.
As in any normal course of this type, there will be plenty of videos to watch. Many of them were found on Youtube, because there is already so much content online. Quizzes, to make sure you are able to correctly identify fallacies, and possibly heated debates that you will have to fight against random strangers and keyboard warriors. So, get ready to leap into a course, that, hopefully, will change the way you argue with people, and you read news on the Web or elsewhere.
This class is self-paced; we talk about many different topics, you can either follow all videos, or focus on one specific topic. However, if you want to get the certificate of completion, you will need to pass most quizzes.
There is no prerequisite for this class. Come with your brain.
Assessment mostly relies on quizzes. Successful completion of the quizzes lead to a statement of accomplishment. Side activities involving debates and essays will also be organized, but they are not taken into account in thi statement.
You are free to:
Under the following terms: