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Roxanne Burton


Monday & Wednesday: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in N1.

Consultation time - Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. in Room 68

- Roxanne Burton and Keino Senior

Tutorial times and locations:
Monday 3:00 p.m. Room 101
Monday 7:00 p.m. Room 01
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Room 101
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Room 59a
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. Room 02
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Room 73
Friday 4:00 p.m. LLSR

Course Description

This course aims to introduce students with no prior knowledge of logic to the elements of informal and formal logic, that is, inductive and deductive logic. In the component on informal logic, the emphasis is on getting the student to think critically and clearly, to have a grasp of what counts as good and fair argumentation, and the ability to recognize ambiguity and fallacious inference. In the component on formal logic, the emphasis is on recognizing the powerful utility of formalism in proving validity, symbolizing arguments and principles, and clarifying distinctions. This component covers the simple aspects of sentential logic and first-order predicate calculus. The goal is to enable the student see the link between formalism and daily argumentation.


Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. state what the study of logic entails;
  2. critically assess the role of language in the reasoning process, especially how it can hinder correct reasoning;
  3. distinguish between the deductive and inductive process of reasoning;
  4. distinguish between arguments that are valid and invalid; sound and unsound and strong and weak;
  5. identify traps into which one can easily fall in the reasoning process;
  6. critically examine the effectiveness of the inductive process;
  7. use the basic principles of formal logic in analysing the validity of arguments;
  8. show an appreciation of the importance of studying logic and using logical tools; and
  9. choose to use the principles of correct reasoning to more effectively analyse one's arguments and those of others.


This course will be examined through a series of course-work assignments (since Logic is better studied through problem-solving exercises) and a final examination. The course-work is 40% and the final examination is 60%. The deadlines for submission of assignments are to be religiously observed.

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