SSS082 Critical Thinking Skills in Context (2)

Being able to think and read critically are key skills required for success in university studies as with all other areas of life. This subject will teach students how to interpret and evaluate information from a variety of sources and think critically about claims and reasons. An ability to take a critical approach is developed through a range of activities relevant to university study.


Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS082. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Division of Student Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the importance and role of critical thinking in university study;
  • be able to identify arguments and lines of reasoning;
  • be able to critically read, interpret and evaluate information and sources;
  • be able to participate effectively in academic debate;
  • be able to identify credible sources relevant to particular discussions;
  • be able to know when and how to be critical of claims and reasons;
  • be able to apply critical skills to communicate a critical point of view;
  • be able to find resources or services that support development in critical thinking;
  • be able to identify credible sources relevant to particular discussion; and
  • be able to apply critical thinking to the university context.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical thinking and its role in university learning
  • Identifying credible and relevant sources of information
  • Reading, interpreting and evaluating information
  • Identifying arguments and claims
  • Critically evaluating arguments and claims
  • Participating in debates and discussions
  • Providing reasoning and using evidence to support claims and arguments
  • Finding additional resources or services that support development in critical thinking

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS082 in Term 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1 - quiz
Assessment item 2 - quiz

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.