The Foundation Course Introduction to Critical Thinking, which students take in their first year, allows them to develop their habit of critical thinking, the ability to read and analyze a text, to ask questions, to engage in discussions, and to sharpen their writing skills. Capped at twenty students in each group, it is a seminar where students cultivate the skills and habits to become confident, articulate writers.
Introduction to Critical Thinking (ICT) is a first year requirement for all undergraduates at Ashoka University. Capped at 20 students, it is a seminar where students cultivate the skills and habits to become confident, articulate writers. We study the anatomy of the essay, breaking down articles into their structural and logical components, and then applying those to our own ideas. We learn how to read and analyze a text; how to summarize, accept, and refute it. We make observations, ask questions, and edit passages. By the end of the semester, students understand how to build an argument, support it with research, and format it as an academic article — a skillset they will continue to refine through the rest of their Ashoka experience.