This Assignment has two parts. You will construct an argument in the premises–conclusion format to practice the organization and composition of a strong argument. Then, you will evaluate some areas of critical thinking that you may want to build actively during this term.

Review a sample template for the Unit 2 Assignment.

Part I:

In the premise–conclusion format you learned in Unit 1, you will construct the argument that persuaded you to pursue your degree. The conclusion will be something similar to “Conclusion: I will attend Purdue Global to earn my degree in X(BA in Liberal Studies).” Offer three premises that share distinct reasons, evidence, information, or narratives that played a part in your decision. In the argument format, give one sentence for each premise and one sentence for the conclusion.

After you compose the argument, in at least 200 words, share an explanation to add context for the argument. Discuss how you devised the information to form the premises, explain why these reasons were the most important to you, and offer insights about how these elements were a factor in your decision-making process. How did these premises in particular lead to this conclusion?

Part II:

The Reading for this unit included the article on the “16 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker.” Assess yourself in this Assignment. In at least 250 words, select two characteristics from the article that you believe will be strengths and two that you believe will require mindfulness to build. Why do you believe each characteristic is relevant to you, and how can you tell if it is a strength or a weakness in your life and career? Be sure to include content from the article and use APA style for both in-text citations and full end references.

Readings

Read Chapter 3 “Reality Assumptions” PDF “Styles of Argumentation”

Edmans, A. (2017, May) “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World.” TED Talk: TedX London Business School https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_edmans_what_to_trust_in_a_post_truth_world/transcript

Patel, D. (2018, October 24) “16 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker.” Entrepreneur. Retrieved from: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321660