AP/MODR1730 6.0 C: Reasoning About Social Issues

Offered by: MODR


Summer 2021






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

This is a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, research-based writing, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. The particular focus will be on different positions taken within the social sciences on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, pornography, immigration etc. Typical examples are to be analyzed. Course credit exclusions: AP/MODR 1760 6.00, AP/MODR 1770 6.00.

Course Website

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Professor Philip MacEwen


    Expanded Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of critical skills and uses them to study some of the major social issues of our time.

    Required Course Text / Readings

All the course texts/readings will be posted on the course website.

    Weighting of Course

Five short writing assignments, each worth 20% of the final grade (5 x 20%=100%).

    Organization of the Course

The course is divided into three sections: 1) logic, argument, and the fallacies; 2) conceptual analysis, and 3) the application of 1) and 2) to studying some of the major social issues of our time.

    Course Learning Objectives

Students will learn how to think, read, and write critically and use these skills to analyze some of the major social issues of our time.

    Additional Information / Notes

This course is completely on-line. There are no classes. Zoom lectures will given on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. throughout the Summer Term. For students who cannot attend the Zoom lectures live, they will be posted on the course website. All the course details, including the course outline, assignments, and readings, as well as the lectures, will be posted on the course website.

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