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CRITICAL READING, THINKING, AND WRITING
What is CRTW
CRTW 201 focuses on critical
reading, critical thinking, and deliberative/ argumentative writing. The
class builds on skills acquired in WRIT 101 and refined in HMXP
102. Successful critical thinking employs both inductive and
deductive reasoning, draws upon primary and secondary resources for evidence and
support, evaluates multiple viewpoints and methods, considers both the immediate
and the long-term consequences of actions, avoids errors in logic and method,
and recognizes the limitations that cultural experiences and individual
temperaments place on our perceptions. In this course you
will develop and strengthen your critical thinking skills through the analysis
of extended works of mature prose and demonstrate those improved skills through
both writing and speaking assignments.
While this course is
predominantly a writing course, it uses critical
reading and critical thinking as the springboards for the deliberative
writing students produce. Critical thinking, as
this course defines it, is the process used to
identify a problem, discover the possible causes of the problem, consider
various approaches to the problem, gather and evaluate opinions and
evidence concerning the problem, develop strategies for solving the
problem, and propose and defend a solution or partial solution to the
problem. Along with
reading and writing, it is one of the key tools by which you make the
information you gain in your college education your own.
Why is the class
Human beings are innate
problem solvers; this course will encourage thought that is more
deliberate, analytical, thorough, informed, and creative.
Along with the writing component in general education courses, It was incorporated into the revised General
Education program as a way to ensure that students have a solid foundation
in critical skills as they move into advanced coursework in their majors.
Students must earn a C- or better in this class to complete this
requirement of the Touchstone program.