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College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking in Visual and Performing Arts
Course: CRE101VA

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S- Standard

Description: Develop and apply critical thinking skills through critically reading varied and challenging materials relevant to current issues in visual and performing arts. Includes analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and synthesis through at least two substantial writing and/or speaking tasks.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Analyze the nature of critical reading and its application to life in the contemporary world. (I)
2. Apply critical thinking techniques to a variety of materials and purposes for reading. (II)
3. Identify the structure of an argument. (III)
4. Evaluate material to ascertain tone, purpose, audience, and context. (IV)
5. Interpret assumptions, bias, author`s point of view, and connotative meanings in text. (V)
6. Determine and analyze common errors in reasoning. (VI)
7. Evaluate the nature and accuracy of evidence given in support of an author`s argument. (VII)
8. Gather and utilize internet, database and print resources to evaluate the accuracy of information. (VIII)
9. Interpret, evaluate, and analyze internet, database, and print resources through the critical reading and critical thinking processes.(IX)
10. Synthesize multiple sources to evaluate the merits of arguments. (X)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Analysis of critical reading and critical thinking
   A. Characteristics of critical reading and critical thinking
   B. Applications
   C. Obstacles to critical reading and critical thinking
II. Variation in critical reading and critical thinking techniques
   A. According to material
   B. According to purpose
III. Structure of an argument
   A. Issues
   B. Conclusions
   C. Reasons
IV. Author`s purpose
   A. Tone
   B. Purpose
   C. Audience
   D. Analysis of author`s position within context
V. Author`s use of language
   A. Assumptions
   B. Bias
   C. Author`s point of view
   D. Connotative and denotative meaning
   E. Analysis of language within context
VI. Reasoning errors (fallacies)
   A. Identification
   B. Evaluations
   C. Implications
VII. Evidence
   A. Type
   B. Accuracy
   C. Logic and completeness
   D. Validity
VIII. Gather and verify resources
   A. Types of sources
      1. Internet
      2. Library database
      3. Print
      4. Other
   B. Verify sources
      1. Credibility
      2. Relevancy
      3. Sufficiency
IX. Critical reading and critical thinking process
   A. Collection
   B. Interpretation
   C. Analysis
   D. Evaluation
X. Synthesis of ideas
   A. Application of critical reading and critical thinking skills
      1. Comparison/contrast
      2. Integration
      3. Final conclusion
   B. Creation
      1. Substantial written project
      2. Substantial oral presentation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: October 22, 2019

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