Critical Thinking @Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh


September 11, 2015

Critical Thinking @Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

uc_campusAt the Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which will be launched in November, 2015, learning to think critically is our mission. As a part of developing such critical thinking, our graduate students will be exposed to political thought and philosophy in four parts starting with the Origins of Political Thought, followed by Modern Development in Political Thought; on to Contemporary Understandings of Political Thought  and finally to Political Systems and Issues.

The textbooks we use are An Introduction to Political Thought: A Conceptual Toolkit by Peri Roberts and Peter Sutch (Edinburgh University Press, 2nd Edition, 2013) and Steven B. Smith, Political Philosophy ( Yale University Press, 2013)

What is critical thinking?  Simply put, it means making reasoned judgments that are evidence-based. rational, and well thought out. It means you do not simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to but have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions. It requires you to want to see  evidence that supports a particular argument or conclusion.

In this course, our students will acquire three core skills which are essential skills for a life of Din Merican at his UC Officelearning and good citizenship:

  • Curiosity is the desire to learn more information and seek evidence as well as being open to new ideas;
  • Skepticism involves having a healthy questioning attitude about new information that you are exposed to and not blindly believing everything everyone tells you; and finally,
  • Humility is the ability to admit that your opinions and ideas are wrong when faced with new convincing evidence that states otherwise.

Visit us at http://www.tss.uc.edu.kh/home/48

Watch this video to get an appreciation of what is critical thinking. The good news is that it can be taught. It takes commitment and commitment to make yourself a better person, professional and leader when you become a critical thinker.–Din Merican, Associate Dean, Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh