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This unit aims to teach the fundamentals of good reasoning. You will learn how to construct, analyse, and critically evaluate arguments; how to identify and avoid common errors in reasoning; how to think logically and well; and how to communicate your thoughts clearly and effectively. We teach these skills by developing practical techniques for the evaluation of reasoning, and applying these techniques to arguments from science, politics, philosophy, and the popular media. These skills are invaluable across all disciplines, and will benefit you in academic contexts and in life beyond university.

Summary 2021

Unit name Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life
Unit code HPH106
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Mathematics|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Richard Corry

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the theory behind current approaches to reasoning well.
  2. Analyse and map the structure of reasoning in both academic and everyday contexts.
  3. Evaluate many different types of reasoning, including deductive, inductive, and statistical reasoning.
  4. Communicate your own reasoning clearly and effectively.



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HAA002 or XBR105


Teaching Pattern


Task 1: Take-home exam (40%)

Task 2: Annotated portfolio, 250-500 words for each commentary (40%)

Task 3: Short Argumentative Essay, 700-800 words (20%)

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