School Of Psychology

Introduction to Logical ThinkingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101189.4


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
B1907 - Introduction to Logical Thinking

About this Unit
This unit introduces psychology students to the basic aspects of reasoning and argument, with particular emphasis on psychological and scientific thinking. It aims to help students develop the skills needed to understand and evaluate psychological research and the processes of scientific reasoning, and to present their own ideas and arguments effectively. Topics covered include: barriers to critical thinking; nonrational forms of persuasion; the structure of arguments; the concepts of knowledge, belief, truth, validity, soundness, values; linguistics sources of confusion; evaluating arguments; formal and informal fallacies in reasoning; deduction and induction in science; arguments related to enduring debates and worldviews in psychology.

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