Are you confident you can reason clearly? Are you able to convince others of your point of view? Are you able to give plausible reasons for believing what you believe? Do you sometimes read arguments in the newspapers, hear them on the television, or in the pub and wish you knew how to confidently evaluate them? In this six-part course, you will learn all about arguments, how to identify them, how to evaluate them, and how not to mistake bad arguments for good. Such skills are invaluable if you are concerned about the truth of your beliefs, and the cogency of your arguments.
The University of Oxford, located in Oxford, United Kingdom, is one of the oldest universities in the world. For over 900 years, Oxford has been educating students from both the U.K. and abroad, currently offering undergraduate and graduate degrees within its 38 independent colleges. The university has four academic divisions, spanning Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Notable alumni include 26 British prime ministers, writers Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien, and scientist Albert Einstein.