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PHL501 Critical Reasoning (8)


This subject is an introduction to informal logic and the nature of argument, especially as it relates to real-life settings. It is designed to develop the intellectual virtues of clear thinking and rational decision-making. Students will learn to accurately interpret the many types of arguments they encounter on a day to day basis, from the mundane to exotic. They will learn not only to distinguish good arguments from bad, but also to consistently construct good arguments for themselves. In this subject we shall also be introducing several advanced topics, including methods to evaluate complex arguments and inductive reasoning. From common sense to abstract logic, this subject promises to help each student develop the tools necessary for all other rational pursuits.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed PHL201 Critical Reasoning. Students must have access to a computer and the internet.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to critically evaluate arguments
- be able to construct advanced arguments and counter arguments
- be able to demonstrate and apply a high level of understanding of modern logic
- be able to identify formal and informal fallacies of logic and apply to both simple and complex arguments


The subject will cover the following topics:
-Basic Concepts -Identiying Arguments -Logic and Language -Informal Fallacies -Categorical Logic: Statements -Catergorical Logic: Syllogism -Statement Logic: Truth Tables -Statement Logic: Proofs -Induction


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.