Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is designed to develop and improve skills to enable students to understand and respond appropriately to arguments in general, by focussing on the formal features of arguments such as deductive validity, inductive force and various forms of fallacies. This is crucial preparation for all other courses in the Philosophy Programme, but is also excellent preparation for academic work generally or any endeavour that involves an attempt to convince someone of something.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phi-10011/lists
1) To guide development in a range of elementary thinking and reasoning skills and to provide students with the basics of skills that are essential for the proper presentation, analysis and criticism of arguments. 2) To improve students general ability to think both clearly and rigorously. 3) To enhance students ability to identify, present, analyse and critically evaluate arguments presented in everyday and academic contexts. 4) To enhance students ability to identify various common fallacies and rhetorical devices. 5) To equip students with the basics of skills that are of paramount importance in philosophy but which are also an indispensable part of good practice in any academic discipline, by introducing them to the basic principles of argument and logic.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems: 1,2Evaluate opposing arguments, to formulate and consider the best arguments for different views and to identify the weakest elements of the most persuasive view: 2Employ some key logical concepts such as logical form, validity, soundness, induction and quantification: 1,2Apply philosophical skills and techniques to issues arising outside the academy: 1,2Identify underlying issues in a wide range of different kinds of debate: 2Demonstrate clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in texts: 2Recognise methodological errors, rhetorical devices, unexamined conventional wisdom, unnoticed assumptions, vagueness and superficiality in the arguments of others and respond appropriately: 2Abstract, analyse and construct sound arguments and to identify logical fallacies: 1
10 hours lectures10 hours seminars45 hours preparation for lectures50 hours preparation for seminars (including 10 hours knowledge check by use of correct answers to seminar exercises posted online after each seminar)10 hours preparation for the proof and formalisation exercises (including 3 hours knowledge check by use of correct answers to seminar exercises posted online after each seminar)25 hours revision for the final exercise (including 7 hours hours knowledge check by use of correct answers to seminar exercises posted online after each seminar)
1: Exercise weighted 25%
Description of Module Assessment
Formalisaton and Proof ExercisesThis is a set of exercises that will test the students' ability to convert ordinary language sentences into a formal calculus and to understand and apply basic concepts of logic. The exercises will be undertaken at home three quarters of the way through the module and will be marked by the tutor.2: Exercise weighted 75%
A set of exercises students' grasp of the module's central concepts and their applicationThis is a set of exercises that will test the students' understanding of the main concepts studied in the module and their application. The exercises will be undertaken at home after the final taught session and will be marked by the tutor.