ILS 200 Fall 2020

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What does it mean to think? Is it a biological impulse or a social one? What does it mean to think critically? Simply to find fault? Or to employ intellectual rigor? Can we imagine a method of critical thought with the potential to change the world? This course takes the definition of “critical thought” seriously in order to expand our idea of what critical communication is and has the potential to be. Getting beyond the standard connotation of “critical” thought as “finding fault with others’ ideas,” we will explore other definitions of the word, including: constituting a crisis; involving grave uncertainty or risk; crucial or essential; and constituting a turning point.