LU Open Minded and Nordea invite you to learn about argumentation and critical thinking

The project LU Open Minded that is being developed by Nordea Bank in cooperation with the University of Latvia invites everyone to attend a series of six lectures called "Argumentation and Critical Thinking" starting on 28 April 2015 on the premises of Nordea Bank at 62 Valdemāra Street. The lectures will be given by Edgars Lapiņš, a co-founder and leader of the Skeptics Society (Skeptiskā biedrība), and Mārtiņš Vaivars, the winner of the Cambridge University Debate Tournament and co-founder of the organization QUO Tu Domā.

The course lecturers ask: "Do you want to learn to defend your opinion in a justified, convincing and veritable way? To gain a systematic understanding of how to evaluate arguments? To make decisions based on powerful and correctly structured arguments? Do you want to recognize the most frequently used tricks of persuasion and delusion used in marketing, business, politics and public speech, and even in everyday interactions, and how to avoid them?"

This six-lecture course will give an informal introduction to the basic principles of argumentation and critical thinking. It will cover a range of themes such as how to build a strong and justified argument, what critical thinking means and how the scientific method works, and how to use these tools in making arguments and decisions. Together with the lecturers, we will offer a chance to study in more detail how to evaluate evidence used for justifying statements and what are the most common mistakes of logic that people make in their arguments. We will particularly focus on practical and applicable skills. The course objective is to help the participants in their professional and academic life.

At the end of the course you will be required to pass a test and upon successful completion we will issue a certificate of participation.

The course is open for applications for full-time studies, however, we will provide information about online studies once the full-time studies have started.