Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

About the Course

This course is a hands‐on course designed to impart education in the foundational methods, techniques and skills of thinking and problem solving related to Islamic religious studies, social sciences and beyond. it is not about any thinking. It is about those kinds of thinking that take conscious effort, and which can be done well or badly. Most of our thinking takes little or no conscious effort. We just do it. You could almost say that we think without thinking! Students will examine and be practically exposed to the main components of critical thinking and problem solving with an Islamic slant i.e., scholarly skills, attitudes, behaviours and moral etiquettes. Once equipped with this knowledge set, and skills, participants would be well‐placed to be able to problem solve in all settings and critically analyse texts, literature as well as debate. In addition to their application in an academic setting, many of the methodologies discussed in this course will be similar to those deployed in professional critical thinking environments and beyond, as this course will present Islamic philosophies around knowledge and thinking skills.
Teaching methods include readings, lectures, group discussions, exercises, and assignments. Lectures are designed such that ensure greater scholar participation. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply their learning to a subject matter of their own choice in the field of Islamic studies, while increasing awareness about various types of resources that will be of use during the course of their studies. There will be activities and discussion topics to prompt and encourage reflection on thinking and reasoning themselves. Read more

Lecturers

Shaykh Dr Rafaqat

Shayk Amin Kholwadia

Shayk Haroon sidat

AT A GLANCE

Completely online

4 Months

AlBalagh Scholarship

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Main Modules 

1. Introduction

  1. About this course
  2. Categories of higher-order thinking Introduction to Reasoning
  3. Introduction to Creativity
  4. Introduction to Reflection

2. Islamic Theoretical Model for Critical Thinking

  1. Idea of Ijtihād
  2. Tadhakhur (Summarising)
  3. Ta’qīl (Synthesizing)
  4. Tafakkur (Prediction)
  5. Tafqīh (Analysing)
  6. Tadabbur (Judging Ideas)

3. Thinking and reasoning

  1. Thinking as a skill
  2. An introduction to critical thinking
  3. Solutions not problems

4. Critical thinking: the basics

  1. Claims, assertions, statements
  2. Judging claims
  3. Argument
  4. Identifying arguments
  5. Analysing arguments
  6. Complex arguments

5. Reasons, Assumptions, Flaws and fallacies

  1. Reasons
  2. Assumptions
  3. Flaws
  4. Fallacies

6.Problem solving: basic skills

  1. What do we mean by a ‘problem’?
  2. How do we solve problems?
  3. Selecting and using information
  4. Processing data
  5. Finding methods of solution
  6. Solving problems by searching
  7. Recognising patterns

7. Hypotheses, reasons, explanations and inference

  1. Spatial reasoning
  2. Necessity and sufficiency
  3. Choosing and using models
  4. Making choices and decisions

8. Applied critical thinking (1)

  1. Inference
  2. Explanation
  3. Evidence
  4. Credibility
  5. Critical thinking and science

9. Applied critical thinking (2)

  1. Introducing longer arguments
  2. Applying analysis skills
  3. Critical evaluation
  4. Responding with further argument
  5. A self-assessment

10. Advanced problem solving

  1. Combining skills – using imagination
  2. Developing models
  3. Carrying out investigation
  4. Data analysis and inference

11. Problem solving: further techniques

  1. Using other mathematical methods
  2. Graphical methods of solution
  3. Probability, tree diagrams and decision trees
  4. Have you solved it?

12. Critical reasoning: Advanced Level (1)

 

  1. Conditions and conditionals
  2. Soundness and validity: a taste of logic
  3. Non-deductive reasoning
  4. Reasoning with statistics

13. Critical reasoning: Advanced Level (2)

  1. Decision making
  2.  Principles
  3. An argument under the microscope
  4. Critical writing

14. Islamic Etiquettes and Attitudes in Dialectics and Argumentation

  1. Defining Jadal and Munāẓara
  2. Good and Bad Dialectics
  3. The Miʿyār of Munāẓara
  4. Ādāb of Munāẓara

Modules

1.About this course
2.Categories of higher-order thinking
3.Introduction to Reasoning
4.Introduction to Creativity
5.Introduction to Reflection
2. Islamic Theoretical Model for Critical Thinking
1.Idea of Ijtihād
2.Tadhakhur (Summarising)
3.Ta’qīl (Synthesizing)
4.Tafakkur (Prediction)
5.Tafqīh (Analysing)
6.Tadabbur (Judging Ideas).
3. Thinking and reasoning
1.Thinking as a skill
2.An introduction to critical thinking
3.Solutions not problems.

4. Critical thinking: the basics
1.Claims, assertions, statements
2.Judging claims
3.Argument
4.Identifying arguments
5.Analysing arguments
6.Complex arguments.
5. Reasons, Assumptions, Flaws and fallacies
1.Reasons
2.Assumptions
3.Flaws
4.Fallacies.
6.Problem solving: basic skills
1.What do we mean by a ‘problem’?
2.How do we solve problems?
3.Selecting and using information
4.Processing data
5.Finding methods of solution
6.Solving problems by searching
7.Recognising patterns.
7.Communication and Chaplaincy Counselling Skills
1.Spatial reasoning
2.Necessity and sufficiency
3.Choosing and using models
4.Making choices and decisions.
8. Applied critical thinking (1)
1.Inference
2.Explanation
3.Evidence
4.Credibility
5.Critical thinking and science.
9. Applied critical thinking (2)
1.Introducing longer arguments
2.Applying analysis skills
3.Critical evaluation
4.Responding with further argument
5.A self-assessment
10. Advanced problem solving
1.Combining skills – using imagination
2.Developing models
3.Carrying out investigation
4.Data analysis and inference
11. Problem solving: further techniques
1.Using other mathematical methods
2.Graphical methods of solution
3.Probability, tree diagrams and decision trees
4.Have you solved it?.

12. Critical reasoning: Advanced Level (1)
1.Conditions and conditionals
2.Soundness and validity: a taste of logic
3.Non-deductive reasoning
4.Reasoning with statistics
1.Decision making
2. Principles
3.An argument under the microscope
4.Critical writing
1.Defining Jadal and Munāẓara
2.Good and Bad Dialectics
3.The Miʿyār of Munāẓara
4.Ādāb of Munāẓara
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Who is it for ?

This course is a hands‐on course designed to impart education in the foundational methods, techniques and skills of thinking and problem solving related to Islamic religious studies, social sciences and beyond. it is not about any thinking. It is about those kinds of thinking that take conscious effort, and which can be done well or badly. Most of our thinking takes little or no conscious effort. We just do it. You could almost say that we think without thinking! Students will examine and be practically exposed to the main components of critical thinking and problem solving with an Islamic slant i.e., scholarly skills, attitudes, behaviours and moral etiquettes. Once equipped with this knowledge set, and skills, participants would be well‐placed to be able to problem solve in all settings and critically analyse texts, literature as well as debate. In addition to their application in an academic setting, many of the methodologies discussed in this course will be similar to those deployed in professional critical thinking environments and beyond, as this course will present Islamic philosophies around knowledge and thinking skills.

Teaching methods include readings, lectures, group discussions, exercises, and assignments. Lectures are designed such that ensure greater scholar participation. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply their learning to a subject matter of their own choice in the field of Islamic studies, while increasing awareness about various types of resources that will be of use during the course of their studies. There will be activities and discussion topics to prompt and encourage reflection on thinking and reasoning themselves.

Key Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to develop thinking and dialectical skills amongst Muslim scholars and students generally, and to acquaint them with critical thinking and problem solving. Specifically, the course aims at introducing them to the basic concepts used in critical thinking and problem solving and their approach from an Islamic perspective and focussed on Islamic studies subjects. It includes broad discussions on dialectics, logic and ādāb.

At the end of this course students will be rounded in their ability to critically analyse and problem solve well and present their work with value and impact. Students will:

  • develop understanding of the basic framework of critical thinking and problem solving.
  • develop an understanding of various critical thinking and problem solving techniques.
  • develop an understanding of the Islamic ethical dimensions of critical thinking,dialectics and problem solving
  • Appreciate the components of Islamic scholarly writing and evaluate its quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?
Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.
Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?
We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is by no means compulsory for technical course progress of the students.
I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?
You can access the Discussion board on myAlbalagh or discuss via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.
When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.

 

 

Will I get notification for live sessions?
All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.
Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?
You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the MyAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.
Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?
There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of MyAlBalagh.
I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?
If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.

 

 

How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students.
How long will I have access to the online course?
You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected]
I am facing trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?
In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our student support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

 

 

Does Al Balagh Academy issue certificates?
Yes. Al Balagh is a UK based NGO Academy issuing our Academy certificates for all our courses, with an exception of a few university accredited courses.

 

 

When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.

 

 

What is the eligibility criteria for Scholarship?
Please visit our scholarship page for more details. (Hyperlink AlBalagh Scholarship page)

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