WORKSHOP – APPLYING CRITICAL THINKING TO MIGRATION
It is aimed at Italian students (14-19 year olds) and consists of 7 two-hour meetings.
1) Thinking Critically
Critical Thinking is introduced and defined and students start applying it to the analysis of information through: questioning, identifying reliable information, devising their own idea on facts, comparing their own opinions and elaborating relevant and supported arguments.
2) Brains and Chains, level 1: Fallacies
Our brain is not free but bound by chains: fallacies that are mistaken believes based on fake arguments, for example: we do something because everybody does it, not necessary because is good for us.
3) Brains and Chains, level 2: Fallacies and Cognitive Biases
This is Level 2 of Brains and Chains: aimed at those who got passionate about identifying our brains chains. Compared to Level 1, this meeting offers examples of further fallacies and an analysis of the Cognitive Biases (thinking biases: for example, when we are firmly convinced of our opinion, we tend to search evidences only to support what we believe in rather than those against).
4) and 5) Simulation of the migrants’ journey
Two meetings: the first one is an introduction to the context while the second one is a simulation. Students are asked to play the role of migrants, giving them the opportunity – through map tracing a journey from Africa to Europe – to explore the daily difficulties, risks, suffering, abuses that migrants endure.
6) and 7) If I were the President how would I deal with migration?
Two meetings: the first one is an introduction to the context while the second one is a simulation. Students are asked to play the role of members of the European Council and to debate proposals on EU migration policy and the main challenges that have to be addressed.
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