Critical Thinking and Logic 7.5 credits

Argumentationsanalys och logik
First cycle, F0004S
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 23 Jan 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Jun 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
By the end of this course, the student shall be able to:

  • apply methods of informal logic; describe and evaluate arguments,
  • give accounts of and apply thinking tools belonging to the semantics,
  • describe elementary logical concepts and apply propositional logic.

The course offers basic training in philosophical method. The course consists of the following parts:

Part 1: Informal logic. The basic concepts and methods of informal logic are introduced. Descriptive and evaluative analyses of arguments are carried out.

Part 2: Semantics. This part aims to introduce the fundamental issues and concepts of semantics.

Part 3: Introduction to logic. Logic has, since Aristotle, been proposed as a general theory about valid arguments. In this part, propositional logic is used as a tool for deciding the validity of inferences.

Teaching consists of lectures and group exercises.

A written exam constitute the examination for the course.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The following courses (comprising 7.5 credits each) are recommended for deeper studies in philosophy: F0001S, F0002S, F0004S (mandatory) and F0005S (mandatory).

Anders Odenstedt

Transition terms
The course F0004S is equal to KSS730

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
- Backman, Y., Gardelli, T., Gardelli, V. & Persson, A. (2012). Vetenskapliga tankeverktyg. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
- Björnsson, G., Kihlbom, U. & Ullholm, A. (latest edition). Argumentationsanalys: färdigheter för kritiskt tänkande. Stockholm: Natur & kultur.
- Gardelli, T., Gardelli, V. & Backman, Y. (latest edition). Inledning till logik. (Kompendium.)

Reference literature:
- Prawitz, D. (latest edition). ABC i symbolisk logik. Stockholm: Thales.

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0006Written examU G VG *7.50MandatoryA18

Study guidance
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