Brian David Phillips, PhD.
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and workings of critical thinking as well as principles of social influence and social psychology as related to critical thought and perception, demonstrate and explain specific techniques, and create a foundation for practical application of theory in a variety of contexts within their professional and social lives. The emphasis of this course is preparation for the use of critical thought and the ethical application of social psychology and influence methods in one’s professional practice.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for the successful application of critical thinking by providing a solid foundation in the following areas:
- An understanding of the History of the Study of Rhetorical Forms.
- Ethical and Non-Ethical Approaches to Critical Influence (Quintilian versus Machiavelli).
- A basic review of Logic and Critical Thought.
- A core understanding of Rhetorical Forms and Argumentational Strategies.
- An understanding of the use and misuse of principles and techniques from the fields of Social Influence, Social Psychology, and Social Engineering.
Each week will have a unique portfolio of video lectures. Follow the links below to access each weeks lectures. Live class discussions will focus on clarification of the week’s reading and lecture material so pace your lecture viewing appropriately.
Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide, Tracy Bowell and Gary Kemp.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini.
ONLINE CLASS DISCUSSIONS
Class will meet for one hour in the “HPTI webconferencing room” via internet once during he 4 weeks.
You can also dial in using your phone.
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SELECTED INDIVIDUAL CLASS MEETING TOPICS
- Introduction, Overview, and Methodology of Course
- Quintilian and Machiavelli
- Basic Logical Premises
- Critical Argumentation and Rhetorical Gambits
- Social Psychology, Social Influence, and Social Engineering
- . . . and More