Critical Thinking

how do you assess the truth of what you hear or read in the midst of news and analysis??
have you ever asked yourself what is the issues that speaker or writer wants to convince me it?
how do you identify the assumptions and conclusion that the writer or speaker wants to convince audience of their validity and what are the reasons supported it or rejected?
does the speaker or writer hide specific assumptions and how they affected strength of his/her argument?
are the reasons and conclusion linking to each other logically?
what are the effects of factors and conditions on the strength of argument?
these and others practical skills which will present in the critical thinking course