Syllabus

Course Description 

This course covers classic and contemporary theories of thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. It also covers research on human concepts and categorization, language and thought processes, deductive reasoning, syllogistic reasoning, hypothesis testing, and development of thinking.

 

Course Objectives 

To:

- explain theories on categorization.

- give examples on the relation between language and thought.

- provide research studies on how human beings solve problems and syllogisms, reason deductively, and test hypothesis.

- discuss the nature of decision making including biases, heuristics, and fallacies.

- compare the major perspectives on development of thinking.

 

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Students are going to be able to describe the psychological theories of categorization.
  2. Students are going to be able to discuss the relationship between language and thought.
  3. Students are going to be able to explain how human beings solve problems and syllogisms, reason deductively, and test hypothesis.
  4. Students are going to be able to discuss the nature of decision making including biases, heuristics, and fallacies.
  5. Students are going to be able to evaluate the major perspectives on development of thinking.
  6. Students are going to be able to analyze the conceptual knowledge on decision making and evaluate its reflections on practice critically.  

 

Textbook(s) 

Garnham & Oakhill (2001). Thinking and Reasoning. Blackwell

 

Reference Book

Ashcraft & Radvansky (2014). Cognition (6th edition), Pearson

 

Course Outline 

Week    Topic(s)
1    Introduction 
2    Decision Making
3    Decision Making
4    Concepts and Categorization
5    Language and Thought
6    Logic and Reasoning
7    Deductive Reasoning
8    Midterm 
9    Syllogistic Reasoning
10    Hypothesis Testing
11    Problem Solving
12    Problem Solving
13    The Development of Thinking
14    Overview and Wrap up 

 

Grading Policy 

Midterm Exam %35

Term Paper %25

Final %40