Logic, Rhetoric and Argument

lrom1321  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Logic, Rhetoric and Argument
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h

  This learning unit is not being organized during year 2018-2019.

Engel Vincent;
Excellent command of French
Main themes
Logic is an essential element in the analysis and construction of discourse, and is indispensable to making an effective argument. The course will cover the foundations of logic, such as propositional logic, syllogisms, truth values, quantifiers, universal and particular statements, logical paradoxes, etc. For what more directly concerns argument, we will deal with the notions of deduction, induction, fallacious argument, techniques of manipulation, etc.
The practice of written argument will be the subject of practical work sessions in which students must put into practice the concepts covered in the course.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

Mastering the basic elements of logic (propositional logic, predicate logic...) and argument.
Ability to use these in the development of a coherent and connected argument.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
By mastering the fundamental principles of logic and argument, students will develop a critical spirit and the rhetorical tools needed to construct a correctly articulated and convincing scientific argument.
To illustrate these concepts, we will use numerous examples taken from literature but also from the press, advertising, political speeches, etc.
In the practical work sessions or at home, students will produce a minimum of three pieces of written work. Special attention will be paid to quotations and references in this work, so as to combat plagiarism effectively.
Teaching methods
Formal lectures and practicals
Evaluation methods
Written exam or practical.
Other information
Online resources
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in French Studies