MOOC Penser critique

lucla1000  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

MOOC Penser critique
5.00 credits

  This learning unit is not open to incoming exchange students!

Main themes
  • Why develop critical thinking skills?
  • Identify your preconceptions
  • Decoding the discourse
  • Evaluating the quality of sources
  • Understanding the scientific process
  • Analyse data
  • Be aware of the limits of science
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • Decoding the mechanisms at work behind our stereotypes
  • Identify how the staging of content can manipulate us
  • Determine the reliability of information and its source
  • Evaluate and interpret the quality of a scientific approach
  • Discuss the place and limits of science today
Module 1: Why develop critical thinking skills?
1.1 Critical thinking, a new phenomenon?
1.2 Critical thinking and transdisciplinarity
Module 2: Identifying your preconceptions
2.1 Stereotypes, biases and preconceptions: what are we talking about?
2.2 Different types of bias
2.3 Distancing and deconstruction
Module 3: Decoding speech
3.1 The influence of sound
3.2 The influence of the image
3.3 The influence of the non-verbal
3.4 Words and speech
Module 4: Evaluating the Quality of Sources
4.1 Information sources
4.2 The intentionality of information sources
4.3 Reliability of an information source
4.4 Scientific publications
Module 5: Understanding the Scientific Process
5.1 The different types of reasoning
5.2 The scientific process
5.3 Critical research approach
5.4 Pseudo or non scientific approach
Module 6: Analyzing Data
6.1 The qualitative approach
6.2 Samples, surveys and probabilities
6.3 Interpreting data
6.4 Distinguish between causality and correlation
Module 7: Recognizing the Limits of Science
7.1 Scientific consensus
7.2 Human and technological limitations of the scientific process
7.3 Diversity of scientific approaches
7.4 The place of science in Western society
Teaching methods
Online teaching - The registration to the MOOC « Penser critique » is oraginsed on - see the link : (same access as those of your virtual office) 
Evaluation methods
Oral exam after completing the online course (for both sessions)
Online resources
All resources are online
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