Explain how critical thinking relates to the biases or influences on the news.
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Critical Thinking

Discussion Question:
Explain how critical thinking relates to the biases or influences on the news.
Assignment:
1. What are the two arenas that are used to assess credibility? How do they tie into the degrees of credibility and incredibility?
2. How does the content of the claim relate to fallacies from the previous chapter? How does an observation relate to fallacies?
3. Why is background information essential to assessing a claim? Give an example from last month’s news to support your answer.
4. Name five ways that one can prove his/her expertise. Explain how they are not always foolproof using examples from current events.

Intro to Environmental Science

Discussion Question:
Discuss the sustainability of economic growth. Is it possible for economic growth to continue forever? Why or why not?
Assignment:
• What are some influences on the rate of population growth? Can population continue to grow indefinitely? Why or why not?
• Choose two countries, one in the developing world and one in the industrialized world. What are the rates of population growth in each country? Discuss the factors affecting the rate in each country.
• Compare and contrast industrial agriculture and sustainable agriculture. What might happen to the economy and population of the United States if the government passed laws severely restricting one type of agriculture more than the other?
• In the face of a growing world population and the pressure that growth places on the natural resources of Earth, do you think we ultimately will have a choice about whether or not to adopt genetically modified (GM) crops, livestock and other food resources? If we do not adopt GM food resources, how might we produce enough food to feed an ever-growing population?

World of Art

Discussion Question:
After reading the text, Chapters 4, 6, and 8, and doing supportive research, identify an art form that has, in your opinion, changed the most during the Renaissance. Stake your claim, describe the nature of the change, discuss the change, and defend your claim against those of your professor and the other students by means of critical thinking, solid evidence, and well-reasoned and presented arguments.

Assignment:
Answer these essay questions:
1. Compare and contrast opera with the musical. Attack or defend the following assertion. “The musical is just a modern day version of opera.” Use critical analysis and the key aspects of these forms and the arts more broadly to support and defend your answer.
2. Identify one of your favorite pieces of music, one that has had a real impact on you. Critical analyze the piece using the concepts from the textbook. Be sure to address those aspects of importance to you.
3. From your reading, select an opera, watch it, and reflect on the experience. If this is one of your first exposures to opera, perform a critical analysis using the key aspects of this form of art as your basis. If you are familiar with opera then compare and contrast this opera to one of your favorites using the notions of critical analysis and the key aspects of this form.
4. When movies were first being developed, some imagined that most movies would be little more than the capture of theatre performance on film. We now know that movies are clearly a different experience. Use the notions of genres and critical analysis to compare and contrast movies with theatre to highlight and explain their similarities and differences. Use concrete examples to support your position.
5. Dance is actually two different art forms. One is an observed performance, such as “Singing in the rain” with Gene Kelly. The other is an interactive performance where you are dancing. These two forms are totally different and yet they are intimately connected. Use critical analysis to explore these two forms and use concrete examples to support your position.

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