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Langues - AN228B : Critical Thinking

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This course is an exercise in slow reading, critical thinking, and creative writing. Our past has come to us in the form of texts. They establish truths and falsehoods but we who live today can critically assess or even challenge them.

Objectifs pédagogiques

The student will be able to :
- understand, decrypt and analyse the principal concrete and abstract ideas in a complex text in English, 
- communicate fluently and in a spontaneous manner thus allowing regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either one or the other.  
- express themselves clearly and precisely on a wide range of subjects, give his/her opinion on a current issue, explain the advantages and disadvantages for different possibilities.

15 heures en présentiel (10 blocs ou créneaux)
réparties en:
  • Petite classe : 15

Diplôme(s) concerné(s)

UE de rattachement

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'Ingénieur de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées

Niveau Avancé

Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade européen

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Master 1 Mathématiques Appliquées

Le rattrapage est autorisé

    Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'Ingénieur de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées

    Vos modalités d'acquisition :

    Active participation in class as well as a final written exam.

    Le rattrapage est autorisé (Max entre les deux notes écrêté à une note seuil)
    • le rattrapage est obligatoire si :
      Note initiale < 6
    • le rattrapage peut être demandé par l'étudiant si :
      6 ≤ note initiale < 10

    Le coefficient de l'UE est : 1.5

    L'UE est évaluée par les étudiants.

    Pour les étudiants du diplôme Master 1 Parisien de Recherche Opérationnelle

    Le rattrapage est autorisé

      Programme détaillé

      We will read abridged versions of some of the most important texts written in English, in philosophy, sociology, technology, science journalism, political theory, art criticism, poetry and prose. What were the authors’ thoughts? Why did they use this particular language? What are the concealed assumptions, biases, empirical or theoretical foundations, references, choices made by the authors, from punctuation to doctrine? Slow reading and careful analysis will help to reveal a wonderful world of English writing.

      To get a better sense of current debates, we will listen to audio and video recordings and discuss the rhetoric and the strategy used by a professor, a student asking a question, or a technological entrepreneur speaking in public. We will get to read leading intellectual publications like the New Yorker or the New York Review of Books.

      Last but not least, we will learn how to write a critical and creative blog entry or a short article.

      Examples of topics discussed in class:  
      •    What is justice? 
      •    Is the scientist a special kind of person? 
      •    Do we reach happiness via action or contemplation? 
      •    What is the responsibility of an engineer?
      •    Is artificial intelligence dangerous?
      •    What connects a poem with a painting or a football game with anthropology?

      Mots clés

      English, Critical Thinking

      Méthodes pédagogiques

      Written supports (books, articles from the press, publications such as the New Yorker or the NEw York Review of Books); Audio-visual supports (podcasts, films, documentaries); Presentations, debates and oral interaction
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