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Module Code: LAN102
Module Title: Critical Thinking: The Self and The World
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English Language
Pre-requisites: N/A
To further develop English language, critical thinking and independent learning skills, as well as introducing students to new concepts in the area of ideas and thought, from a historical and cultural framework.

This module has been developed to provide an optional module in the second semester of a new alternative pathway for those students who have demonstrated sufficiently high English language ability to opt out of a year-long 10 credit EAP module, or who are direct entry Year 2 students or equivalent.

This module will be jointly delivered by the Language Centre and the Cluster of Humanities and Social Sciences. HSS lecturers will be responsible for the fortnightly lectures, and LC tutors will deliver all other contact hours and attend the lectures. The Module Convenor will come from the Language Centre and the module will be situated there for administrative purposes

Learning outcomes 
A write effectively, referring to introductory literature related to the topic and taking and defending a stance, consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (reading and writing)

B demonstrate the ability to find materials from a range of academic resources to build upon topic knowledge derived from lectures and classroom input, and evaluate them for relevance and applicability (research skills)

C produce work consistent with the academic integrity policies of XJTLU (academic integrity)

D give an academic presentation, and participate in debate. Student speaking skills will be consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (speaking)

E demonstrate an understanding of module topics related to thought and thinking critically (knowledge development)

F further develop their ability to evaluate and analyse arguments and make judgments about the credibility of ideas (critical thinking)

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be jointly delivered by the Language Centre and the Cluster of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). Lectures will typically be delivered by lecturers from HSS and seminars will typically be delivered by tutors from LC. Lectures will usually be recorded for further critical and linguistic analysis.

The module will follow a two weekly pattern. In the first week, a two-hour lecture will be followed by a two-hour seminar. In the second week, students will attend two, two-hour seminars.

Classroom delivery, including smaller tutorials and seminars, will be supplemented by regularly assigned guided self-study activities.

No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.

Speaking coursework assessment will typically take place during one of the teaching weeks

Critical thinking topics will typically include the following:

- Topic 1 – Perception and Thought.

Do we all think the same things in the same way? Introducing this idea students will be introduced to a variety of sources such as Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, some modern art, Rorschach ‘s psychological tests and some Balinese Gamelan music.

- Topic 2 – Ordering the World.

This will explore the difference between thought and belief and will look at many source excerpts such as an example of binary order with a written excerpt from Genesis (Old Testament), a visual example of the art work of Escher, an audio passage of a Bach Fugue, and a video scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds”.

- Topic 3 – What is truth?

This section will ask what the difference is between concept, theory and fact. Students will be introduced to positivism and reductionism, meet Socratic Dialogue and Logic, consider whether Western thinking is challenged by Taoist or Buddhist thought and will read excerpts from Chuang-tzu.

- Topic 4 – Social Construction.

This topic will ask why we think what we think. There will input from sources such as Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’, George Orwell’s ‘1984’, a clip from Milos Foreman’s film of Ken Kesey’s ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and Miller’s ‘The Crucible’.

- Topic 5 – Self and ‘The Other’.

Here we ask what the relationship is between identity and thought: Who (What) is “I”? This will consider examples such as Descartes’ idea of “I think, therefore I am”, a scene with HAL from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film “2001”, an excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita and by introducing the idea of dissonance with Aesop’s fables (The Fox and the Grapes).

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 12  40        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Speaking 30.00
2 Writing Coursework 60.00
3 In-Class Participation Portfolio 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/3/2020 12:39:58 AM