Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Logic is the attempt to study the most fundamental structures of thought, and to devise valid and useful systems of reasoning. Logic is one of humanity's oldest intellectual preoccupations, puzzling and inspiring thinkers from before the time of Aristotle up to the present. The nineteenth century saw a revolution in logic, which in turn led to the emergence of new approaches to philosophy in the twentieth century, pioneered by people like Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, W. V. Quine, and David Lewis. Introductory logic is easy and fun. In this unit students are introduced to the basic ideas in propositional and predicate logic, which are necessary to the understanding of twentieth century analytic philosophy. Moreover, the problem solving skills, systematic reasoning, and strategic thinking that students develop in the course of this unit are all very advantageous to their work in many other academic as well as business areas.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNorva Lo

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsConcise introduction to logicRecommendedHurley, P.A. 200810TH ED. THOMPSON WADSWORTH

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNorva Lo

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Class Tests (equivalent to 2000 words)50
Weekly Quizzes (equivalent to 2000 words)50