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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 210
Course Title: Logic and Critical Thinking
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Overview of the principles and methods of critical thinking, inductive reasoning and deductive logic. Emphasis on the formulation and evaluation of ordinary language arguments. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any standard introductory logic text, ideally to include material on all three core areas of the course. Suggestions are listed below. The instructor may wish to supplement the text with additional readings in any of the areas covered.

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
By Merrilee H. Salmon (Wadsworth)
A Concise Introduction to Logic
By Patrick J. Hurley (Wadsworth)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student formally evaluates arguments for validity.
  2. Student formulates valid arguments and valid argument forms.
  3. Student critically analyzes arguments and argument forms using deductive symbolic methods.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Critical thinking
  • Evidence, belief, knowledge, truth
  • Language and rational discourse
  • Fallacies of relevance
  • Inductive reasoning
  • Standard inductive argument forms
  • Causal arguments and Mill's methods
  • Inductive fallacies
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Sentence transcription
  • Contingency, necessity, and logical equivalence
  • Deductive argument forms and fallacies
  • Truth tables
  • Venn diagrams

TOPICS (e.g., paradoxes of reason, use and limits of logical languages, etc.)


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Mark Price Date: October 1, 2018
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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