Topics for Critical Thinking Project

Instructions:


1. Students gather in groups of four or five.

2. Each group writes an essay of about 1.000 words about the chosen
topic. The essay must cite public opinions around the topic and
include references.

3. At the end of the essay, there need to be Venn diagrams or truth
tables to test the validity of the arguments that are cited or made in
your essay.

4. In the oral presentation, the slides must display the arguments and
the diagrams to test validity.

Topics:

1. Sustainable development becomes a challenge because we have
conflicting needs. We want fresh, clean air to breathe but we also
want to buy cars
We want to conserve forests but we need trees to build houses
We want to swim in clean waters but we need factories. Factories
usually use water from rivers to power machinery or to cool down
machinery
a. How do we balance conflicting needs?
b. What are the important steps that have to be undertaken to
achieve the goals of sustainable development?
c. What arguments could you present to the country\'s leaders? Use
good arguments to present your point of view. Use additional
tools such as Venn diagram, truth table, chart, graphs to
support your arguments.

2. Alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydropower and
biomass can be harnessed to meet Vietnam\'s rapidly increasing demand
for energy. While there has been some early success, deployment of
renewable energy has not reached the country\'s potentials yet
a. Why is this happening?
b. Provide solutions to the problems using at least 2 forms of
Argument.
c. Use additional tools such as Venn diagram, Truth table, chart,
graphs to support your arguments.

3. Viet Nam is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries due to
climate change and sea level rise. If sea level rises to 1 meter, Viet
Nam will lose about 12% of land, 23% of population will be affected.
Typhoons will occur more frequently with higher intensity. Temperature
increases and change in rainfall pattern will affect agriculture and
water resources.
a. What are the problems that Vietnam will face in the next 20
years?
b. What are the solutions to the problems using at least 2 forms of
Argument.
c. What would you do in the future to prevent these kinds of
problems from happening? Use at least 2 different forms of
argument to support your views Use additional tools such as Venn
diagram, truth table, charts, graphs to support your arguments.


4. Inspectors of the Provincial Department of Natural Resources and
Environment found that chemical substances had leaked from a plant
belonging to the Lam Dong Bauxite-Alumina Complex in Bao Lam District.
Rains washed the substances into the Tan Rai Alumina Plant\'s drainage
facility before running into a large fish pond owned by some local
residents.
a. What are the problems?
b. What are the solutions to the problems?
c. What would you do in the future to prevent this kind of problem?
Use deductive and inductive arguments to prove your point. Use
additional tools such as Venn diagram, truth table, chart,
graphs to support your arguments.


5. Small businesses have to be quantified to be effective. All
innovations have to be quantified. Eventually everyone working on the
business should think in terms of numbers. You\'ll quantify everything.
a. Do you agree?
b. Why?
c. Use deductive and inductive arguments to prove your point. Use
additional tools such as Venn diagram, truth table, chart,
graphs to support your arguments.


6. "It isn\'t really stealing to copy music off the internet. True artists
want their music to reach as many people as possible. They are more
concerned about the effect of their music on the world than on base
concerns such as money. Most independent artists cannot find
distributors. People who share music with their friends on the
internet perform a useful service to music as they make more people
aware of small artists and the diversity of music that is available."
a. What do you think about the idea? Does it affect to the music
development in the world in general, and particularly in Vietnam?
b. Are there any problems on intellectual property in music in
VN?
Given some examples to illustrate your ideas.