Option #1: Critical Analysis Essay
Using the concepts learned through the readings and lecture pages, write a critical analysis essay that answers at least three of the following prompts or questions:
- How might you employ critical thinking as a tool to further your career aspirations?
- What is the difference between activated ignorance and activated knowledge? Where do you have difficulties “thinking for yourself”? Why does critical thinking demand high levels of intellectual autonomy?
- Why are concepts, theories, and ideas central to good critical reasoning?
- Cite all claims and ideas using scholarly sources. While it is acceptable to write in the first person, be sure to cite your sources to support your inferences. To understand how to construct your thoughts you can view these short clips on informal and formal writing.
- Peter Elbow: On Writing
- Writing for Life: Start 39:58 end 41:30
- Writing Across the Curriculum: Forgetting formality: Start 29:05 end 32:52
- Writing Across the Curriculum Revising for Formality: Start 32:53 end 34:48
- Include at least one or two scholarly sources that are not part of the required or recommended reading for this course. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources.
- Your paper should be four to five pages in length and formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA.
- Papers should be double-spaced, 12-point font Times New Roman.
- Include the following in your essay: a brief introduction, a conclusion, and a reference page formatted according to CSU-Global APA requirements.
- You may wish to review the Template Paper for help formatting your essay according to the requirements