Foundations of Critical Thinking for Learning & Everyday Life

  • Faculty: Linda Elder, PhD
  • Trimester Course
  • 3 hours/week, 15 Weeks
  • Content Category: Knowledge
  • Academic Credit: 3 Credits

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80 Lessons

Course Description:

This course introduces you to the tools used by the world’s best thinkers and will exemplify the activities and practice you can use to emulate them. With enough practice, you too will become the best thinker you can be. Your coursework will introduce you to the tools of mind that will help you reason through any of the problems and issues you face, whether in the classroom, in your personal life, or in your professional life. If you take these ideas seriously, and practice using them, you will be able to take command of the thinking that drives your quality of life.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the importance of fair-minded critical thinking in the cultivation of fair-minded critical societies;
  • understand universal intellectual standards and their importance in human reasoning;
  • articulate and exemplify the primary concepts in critical thinking and how they can be used as tools for understanding and improving human reasoning;
  • articulate understanding of the problem of media bias and propaganda as a barrier to critical thought in human societies; and,
  • understand ethical reasoning and the differences between ethics and other modes of thought, including religion, social ideologies, politics, and the law.


Linda Elder, PhD is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Dr. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has presented to more than 50,000 educators at all levels. She has co-authored four books, including, “Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life,” “Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life,” and, “30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living.” She has co-authored 24 Thinker’s Guides on critical thinking.

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals, and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Course Contact Information:

Live Virtual Classroom macrocourses are delivered by faculty in live sessions. You will have a course facilitator who is available to answer questions and offer additional assistance. For student support questions for Live Virtual Classrooms or Internal Online Independent Study, you may contact our Director of Course Facilitation at facilitator @ (Sorry! Direct email link not provided due to spam bots.)

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