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FutureSkill: Critical Thinking | Critical Thinking for Everyday


According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report 2023, critical thinking is one of the most important skills for academic and professional success in the 21st century. It is a cornerstone for personal and professional progress because it allows individuals to navigate diverse challenges and cultivate a comprehensive understanding of the world. Through this course, you will learn how to assess credibility, communicate ideas clearly, reduce cognitive bias and enhance objectivity. This interactive and project based learning experience seamlessly integrates real-world scenarios, collaborative assignments, and dynamic discussions that will enable you to solve complex problems logically, creatively and analytically.

This course, specially crafted for high school students (Grades 9-12), deconstructs the art of thoughtful inquiry, challenging conventional assumptions, and fosters intellectual independence in the learners.


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Dates Eligibility Fees 
Application deadline- June 2, 2024


Course dates– Sat, June 15, 2024- Sun, July 7, 2024

16 Live Teaching Hours over 4 weekends (11AM- 1PM on Saturdays & Sundays).

  • High schoolers studying in grades 9- 12 as on the course commencement date in June, 2024.
  • Students from India and abroad can apply.
  • Students from all boards can apply.
  • Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication.
  • You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.
Rs 22,000/- +GST
*Refer to fees section of website for inclusions & exclusions

Who is this course for?

Thoughtfully curated for high schoolers, this course will help them cultivate critical thinking skills by reinforcing curiosity and skepticism about the world, and encourage them to question, analyze, and evaluate conventional wisdom, information and challenges around them.

Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication. You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.


What’s in it for me?

  • Heightened Observation Skills: Sharpen your senses and elevate your perception. Develop a refined knack for keenly observing and reveling in the subtle nuances that unfold in various contexts.
  • Interactive Collaboration: Sharpen your ability to pick up on subtle cues during discussions, and understand the nuances of interpersonal dynamics
  • Insightful Inquiry: Learn to ask questions that stimulate meaningful discussions, encouraging diverse perspectives and fostering a deeper understanding of the topic at hand
  • Collaborative Structured Thinking: Harness the collective intelligence of a group by organizing and articulating thoughts systematically

What do I take away?

By the end of the course, you will:

  • The capability to assess complex situations and articulate specific, well-formulated questions.
  • A cultivated capacity for healthy skepticism, enabling critical evaluation of information and ideas.
  • The skill to think in a structured and intentional manner, facilitating a systematic approach to problem-solving


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Session outline

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Lecture module Doubt Unleashed: Unshakeable Skepticism in the Face of Conventional Wisdom


Questions Unveiled: Exploring Critical Thinking through Inquiry and Unanswered Questions’ Intricacies



Explanations Scrutinized: The Art of Critical Evaluation in Crafting Robust, Nuanced Solutions


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Presentations and Review I
Project module Dissent Chronicles: Tackling Unpopular Opinions, Unravelling Frustrations, and Probing Their Existence Inquiry Unleashed: Devising Methods to Untangle Unanswered Questions and Exposing Potential Flaws Exploration Unveiled: Dissecting Explanations to Discern the Art of Crafting Convincing Answers


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Presentations and Review II

Grading, Assessments & Certification

All Ashoka Horizons courses offer a certificate on satisfactory completion of the course. The 3 components of student assessment are-

  • Written assessments – 30%
  • Participation and attendance across sessions (including TA meetings)  – 30%
  • Final presentation and peer review – 40%

Class participation will be assessed based on your active engagement in live sessions, contributions to discussion forums, and involvement in Teaching Fellow-led activities. Letters of Appreciation will be issued for select students based on exceptional performance in the course.

Have a question about Horizons courses? Write to us on horizons@ashoka.edu.in

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IT Requirements

This course is administered through an online platform. Students are expected to have a foundational understanding of computer usage, including but not limited to sending emails and conducting Internet searches. Consistent access to the Internet and a computer that aligns with the recommended minimum specifications are also requisite for participation in the course.


Small cohorts. Apply early to secure your seat.

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