ASP208 - Introduction to Logical Reasoning

Year:

2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ASP308

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour seminar per week (recordings provided)

Content

The capacity to evaluate and construct arguments is an invaluable skill across all disciplines, including philosophy, politics, science, law, business and media. This unit provides an introduction to the principles of critical thinking and reasoning. Students will learn a range of critical thinking techniques, including how to detect common reasoning errors and construct sound arguments, with a focus upon practical applications and a view to the benefits that these skills have beyond the university as well as in academic contexts. The later weeks of the unit explore some of the theory behind valid argumentation by teaching some introductory tools of analysis in formal logic (mainly covering basic elements of propositional logic). This unit will therefore be of interest to students of philosophy, as well as many other disciplinary areas.

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