Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing

Many students commencing formal study have limited experience of the critical engagement required in higher education. This unit is an important foundational unit preparing students for study, and helps to ensure that they will get the most from their studies. It provides structured, practical instruction in the nature and skills of critical thinking and writing in a theological context.

All A units are not included in the structure of Majors or Sub-majors (UG studies) or in concentration or specialisation (PG studies).


Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the nature of critical thinking , memory, the relationship between thought and knowledge, the distinction between opinion and knowledge;
  2. understand the nature of creative thinking;
  3. develop logical arguments leading to valid conclusions;
  4. apply basic critical thinking skills to formal essay writing and other forms of communication;
  5. develop a basic understanding of critical thinking as hypothesis testing.
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