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HUM 200 Complete Course

 

HUM 200 Unit 1 Assignment 1 Discussion—Introductions

 

Begin this assignment by introducing yourself to classmates—giving your name, current occupation, and areas of interest that might be covered by this course.

 

Next, share your ideas, observations, and experiences regarding critical thinking.

 

Respond to the following:

 

  • What do you hope to gain by learning critical-thinking skills?

     

  • What examples have you seen that reflect poor critical-thinking skills?

     

HUM 200 Unit 1 Assignment 2 Discussion—Comparison of Editorials

 

In this assignment, you will identify and explore your intuitive critical-thinking strategies. It is the starting point to developing the skills to analyze information critically.

 

Research methods of identifying strong and weak arguments using your textbook and the Argosy University online library resources. Be sure to cover the following:

 

  • Identify premises and conclusions

     

  • Discuss whether or not an inference is warranted

     

  • Determine whether arguments utilize inductive or deductive reasoning

     

For this assignment, your facilitator will assign you one of the following debates:

 

  • Debate 1: Should the “Ashley X” treatments have been permitted?

     

  • Debate 2: Is Osama Bin Laden’s death a decisive blow to Al Qaeda or an unmitigated victory against terrorism?

     

Each debate has two sets of articles for review. Your facilitator will assign you one of these sets.

 

Each set has two articles with two varying, but important, perspectives on the same subject. Be sure to read both articles in the set.

 

Debate 1:

 

These pairs of articles focus on the subject of “Ashley X,” a child with static encephalopathy who underwent radical surgical procedures to facilitate her care and, thereby, ostensibly improve her quality of life.

 

Set A

 

Set B

 

Debate 2

 

These pairs of articles focus on the subject of Osama Bin Laden’s death and the alleged implications his death are expected to have on matters of future Al Qaeda activity and international safety.

 

Set A

 

Set B

 

Respond to the following:

 

  • Identify and explain the strongest argument in each article.

     

Or

 

  • Identify and explain the weakest argument in each article.

     

Give reasons and examples from your research in support of your response.

 

Your initial response should be about 300–400 words in length, with at least one reference cited in APA format. Be sure to reply to at least two of your classmates using at least 75 words per response.

 

HUM 200 Unit 1 Assignment 3 Inductive and Deductive Arguments

 

In this assignment, you will apply key concepts covered in the module readings. You will identify the component parts of arguments and differentiate between various types of arguments such as inductive and deductive. You will then construct specific, original arguments.

 

There are two parts to the assignment. Complete both parts. The following is a summary of the assignment tasks.

 

Part 1

 

  • 1a: Identify Components of Arguments
    Identify the component parts of the argument, premises and conclusion, for the passages. Where applicable, highlight key words or phrases that identify a claim as a premise or a conclusion. Part 1a has three questions.

     

  • 1b: Identify Arguments as Inductive or Deductive 
    Identify the arguments as inductive or deductive for given passages. Offer a brief explanation why each argument is either inductive or deductive. 1b has three questions.

     

Part 2

 

  • 2a: Argument Identification and Analysis
    In these longer text passages, identify the key components of each argument. For each argument, list the main conclusion and the reasons (or premises) that support the conclusion.

     

  • 2b: Constructing Original Arguments 
    Construct one original inductive argument. Using 75–100 words, explain why the argument is an inductive one. Then, construct one original deductive argument. Using 75–100 words, explain why the argument is a deductive one.

     

  • 2c: Finding Native Argument Examples 
    Find one example of an argument from contemporary media; this can be a short argument. Include or reproduce the original passage of the argument, paraphrase the conclusion(s), and identify the argument as either inductive or deductive. Using 75–100 words, explain why the argument is either inductive or deductive.

     

Download details for this assignment here and respond to each item thoroughly.

 

Submit your assignment in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

 

 

 

HUM 200 Unit 2 Assignment 1 Discussion—Counterarguments

 

In M1: Assignment 2, you identified and explained the weakest or strongest argument in a set of articles. You identified the premises and conclusions, discussed whether or not an inference was warranted, and discussed matters of truth and consistency within the specified subject.

 

Review your work in M1: Assignment 2 where you analyzed the sets of articles assigned to you.

 

Using these articles, complete the following:

 

  • Provide your position on the issue in the articles assigned to you.

     

  • State and explain a key objection to your position on this issue.

     

  • Despite the objection, develop a counterargument to defend your position. (This will likely be an “engulf-and-devour” argument.)

     

You may use the M1: Assignment 2 readings as sources for evidence and facts. Be sure to do the following:

 

  • Use additional references to support your arguments and provide evidence as needed.

     

  • Use key language and phrases suggested in your readings.

     

  • Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

     

Write your initial response in 200–300 words. Be sure to reply to at least two of your classmates using at least 75 words per response.

 

HUM 200 Unit 2 Assignment 2 Factors In Favor of and Against

 

Finding “factors for” and “factors against” a position is a versatile tool for critical thinkers. In this assignment, you will practice this technique more formally by examining one of several contemporary issues.

 

Using your readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research methods for creating arguments using factors for and factors against an issue.

 

Select a topic for use in this assignment. It is recommended that you choose a topic that is personally meaningful or interesting to you. Examples of topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Underage drinking: Lowering the legal drinking age in the United States.

     

  • Gun control: Increasing restrictions on the civilian possession of non-hunting guns.

     

  • Selective service: Enacting compulsory military service obligation for all US citizens.

     

  • Universal health care: Governmental provision of free health care for all citizens.

     

For the selected topic, complete the following:

 

  • Construct at least six reasons for and six reasons against the topic. Rank the reasons in terms of strength and effectiveness.

     

  • Explain why you identified each argument as either strong or weak in each category.

     

Include the following two parts in your completed assignment:

 

Part 1: Compile a matrix (using the template below) that lists and ranks six arguments for and six arguments against the issue you have selected. Rank the reasons for each side of the issue from strongest to weakest.

 

Part 2: After you have compiled your matrix, write a 500–700-word paper in Word format. This essay should explain and synthesize the information in your matrix. Defend why you have ranked each argument as either strong or weak. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

 

Include both parts of your assignment in a single document, using the template found here. Name your file: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc.

 

HUM 200 Unit 3 Assignment 1 Discussion—Prescriptive and Descriptive Arguments

 

Descriptions “describe”—they depict the “what is” of a statement. Prescriptions “prescribe”—they express the “what ought to be” of a statement. When approaching controversial or emotionally charged subjects, critical thinkers are mindful of the different roles that facts and values play in people’s judgments and the different roles they play in different kinds of judgments. This assignment will help deepen your understanding of those distinctions.

 

To see how an issue can be approached using a descriptive or prescriptive argument, review these examples. Descriptive and prescriptive arguments are considered in the lecture pages for Module 3.

 

Based on your understanding of descriptive and prescriptive arguments, respond to the following:

 

  • Identify a topic of interest for which arguments of different perspectives can be created.

     

  • Construct one original descriptive argument and one original prescriptive argument for the topic you select.

     

Support your arguments with scholarly references. Be sure to provide citations for your sources as well as citations for a premise you state to be a fact.

 

Write your initial response in a total of 200–300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

 

By Saturday, April 11, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, April 15, 2015, review at least two peers’ responses. Each response should be at least 75 words in length. Critically comment on how they have used evidence in different types of arguments. Be sure to address the following:

 

  • Identify the supporting evidence for their arguments.

     

  • Offer an assessment of the strength of the evidence provided in support of the argument. Include a rationale for your statements. You may offer a suggestion for improved supporting evidence.

     

HUM 200 Unit 3 Assignment 2 LASA 1—Analytical Summaries

 

For this assignment, you will compose two short critical essays explaining and evaluating arguments by other authors. This assignment allows you to analyze an issue from a variety of perspectives and assess arguments for or against the issue. By focusing your attention on how the original authors use evidence and reasoning to construct and support their positions, you can recognize the value of critical thinking in public discourse.

 

Read the two articles “Shooting in the Dark“, and “Focusing on the How of Violence” and write two separate analytical summaries. 

 

This assignment has two parts.

 

Part 1—First Article

 

Write an analytical summary of the article focusing on the article’s main claims. Include the following:

 

  • Provide a brief summary of the argument presented in the article.

     

  • Identify and discuss three ways the author uses evidence to support assertions.

     

  • Analyze how the author signals this usage through elements such as word choices, transitions, or logical connections.

     

Part 2—Second Article

 

Write an analytical summary of the article focusing on the article’s main claims. Include the following:

 

  • Provide a brief summary of the argument presented in the article.

     

  • Identify any value-based assertions in the article and how the author supports these value-based conclusions with evidence.

     

  • Discuss how this evidence does or does not demonstrate relevance, consistency, transparency, and speculation.

     

  • Analyze how the author signals the use of these elements through language. For example, word choices, transitions, or logical connections.

     

Write a 1,000–1,200 word paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.

 

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

 

HUM 200 Unit 4 Assignment 1 Discussion—Analyzing Implications

 

Implications of arguments can be used as tools for evaluating and assessing arguments. These can help you decide whether you want to accept or support an original argument or not. In this assignment, you build on the skills you used in M3: Assignment 2, and go one step further.

 

Review the following articles:

 

Using these articles, complete the following:

 

  • Summarize two of the authors’ arguments (one argument from each article). 

     

  • Identify and discuss one further implication of each of those arguments. Assuming the author is “right,” what sorts of claims or facts would follow from that argument?

     

Support your statements with scholarly references. Be sure to use concepts from your readings that are relevant to the assignment.

 

Write your initial response in 300–400 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

 

By Saturday, April 18, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, April 22, 2015, review least two peers’ responses, using at least 75 words for each response. Comment and assess an argument identified by your peers.

 

HUM 200 Unit 4 Assignment 2 Journaling Exercise

 

This assignment prepares you for the final Microsoft PowerPoint assignment inM5: Assignment 1. Throughout this course, you have learned to apply a variety of critical-thinking techniques to explore and assess contemporary issues.

 

Often, you may get the best results using a multistep process that provides adequate time to think, write, research, and rewrite. For this assignment, you will review the article by Peter Singer titled “America’s Shame,” which you will also use in M5: Assignment 1.

 

Using the Argosy University online library resources, review the article by Peter Singer.

 

Complete the following:

 

  • Record and describe six of your initial impressions of the article in a journal format.

     

  • Critically analyze each of these impressions and determine if they are value based, or fact based. Record these as part of your journal notes. Do note that you will use these points for M5: Assignment 1.

     

  • Support your statements with examples and appropriate scholarly references.

     

You can use the Cornell Note-taking tools to complete this assignment. This tool has been widely used to systematically format and organize notes. Review thisdocument to see how it works.

 

 Download and review the blank Cornell Notes Template.

 

Write a 600–800-word paper in Word format. You may write your paper in standard essay format or by completing the Cornell Notes Template. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.

 

HUM 200 Unit 5 Assignment 1 LASA 2—Critiquing an Article

 

In Module 4 Assignment 2, you were asked to provide your impressions of Peter Singer’s article “America’s Shame.” Now, you will compose a researched response to this article. This assignment allows you to assess and defend the reasonableness of your personal beliefs through critical assessment of Singer’s arguments and the presentation of your own, original arguments about the subject using the tools of evaluation you have learned throughout the course.

 

Assignment Overview:

 

For this assignment, assume that you have been asked to present a PowerPoint presentation at your local community center about the topics of world poverty and education. You have decided to use Peter Singer’s article as the starting point of your presentation. As you craft your presentation you will need to:

 

  • Present the major claims of Singer.

     

  • Present your own original argument offering thoughtful solutions to real-world problems.

     

  • Back up your argument with outside research.

     

Here is the link to the article by Singer: “America’s Shame” from The Chronicle of Higher Education. 55(27), B6–B10. (EBSCO AN 37137370).

 

Assignment Details:

 

  • Develop a 12–15-slide presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint.

     

  • Include two additional slides—one for the title and the other for a References page.

     

  • Bullet points are acceptable, but use complete sentences throughout the presentation.

     

Be sure to include the following:

 

  • Describe the portions of Singer’s article you seek to engage/critique.

     

  • Clearly state your own argument/thesis in response.

     

    • Remember, the nature of the stance is not important; you can agree or disagree with any point Singer makes in the article. The important thing is for you to construct a stance that clearly engages Singer’s position. Include properly cited examples from the article.

       

    • As you advance your own thesis, be sure to include your position on how to address the problems that Singer discusses in his article. Again, you may agree or disagree with Singer; however, be sure to offer your own solutions to the issue of world poverty, as discussed by Singer.

       

  • Support your argument with the use of original research.

     

    • Use at least three credible, academic resources to support your positions.

       

    • These should be sources other than Singer’s “America’s Shame” article.

       

  • Apply APA standards to citation of sources. 

     

HUM 200 Unit 5 Assignment 2 Discussion—Informal Fallacies

 

In this assignment, you will compose three original examples of informal fallacy arguments. This assignment allows you to examine common fallacies in everyday reasoning.

 

Start by reading the article “Fallacies of Logic: Argumentation Cons” found in the Argosy University Online Library.

 

Shapiro, I. D. (2007). Fallacies of logic: Argumentation cons. et Cetera,64(1), 75–86. Retrieved from
http://www.thecampuscommon.com/library/ezproxy/ticketdemocs.asp?
sch=auo&turl=http://search.proquest.com/docview/204105839

 

Using the types of arguments listed in this article or in the module readings, respond to the following:

 

  • Draft two original fallacies. Do not identify the fallacies, allow your peers to determine what fallacy your example represents.

     

Next, using the Internet, respond to the following:

 

  • Research a third informal fallacy not already covered in the readings.

     

    • Identify and define the fallacy. For example, appeal to tradition, false dichotomy, etc.

       

    • Explain why this type of fallacy is a bad way of reasoning.

       

    • Construct an original fallacy argument of that type.

       

    • Provide a citation for your source. Ensure that you apply APA standards to the citation of sources.

       

Support your statements with examples and scholarly references.

 

Write your initial response in 200–300 words.

 

 

 

 

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