This four-week seminar addresses perhaps the single most important area of pedagogical competence for social science and humanities academics: teaching critical thinking through student assignments (combined with other elements of your course). This implies decoding what critical thinking means to you as a scholar, designing and fine-tuning unique and relevant assignments, classes, and assessment tasks, and finally, careful analysis of your students’ work, not only for grading, but also for the development of your own teaching strategies.
Based on the approaches developed by scholars of teaching from various academic domains, in this seminar we will engage in analyzing various conceptions of critical thinking. We will critically observe, discuss and analyse multiple ways in which critical thinking is taught, and we will construct detailed, authentic student assignments and feedback mechanisms. The work produced in this seminar will be useful in developing your own future courses and your teaching portfolio.