SSS083 Critical Thinking - A Philosophical Approach (2)

Being able to think and read critically are key life skills. This subject adopts a higher level philosophical approach to critical thinking. It will teach students, via extensive practice, how to think critically about claims and reasons as well as how to adopt a critical approach to reading, both of which are particularly relevant for responding effectively to issues presented in a tertiary context.


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: SSS083. 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 read critically to identify points and arguments;
  • be able to identify when to critically evaluate information, sources and claims;
  • be able to identify how to critically evaluate information, source and claims; and
  • be able to participate effectively in academic debate using evidence and critical thought.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • How to adopt a critical approach to reading to identify points, argument and sources
  • How to critically evaluate information, sources and claims
  • When to be critical of information, sources and claims
  • Participating in debates and developing arguments using evidence and critical thought
  • Identifying credible and relevant sources

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS083 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 %
Quiz: topics 1 to 3 test
Quiz: topics 4 to 6 test

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.