This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23No such Code for pgprog: N2I101No such Code for pgprog: N5I101
Department: Management and Marketing
Logic and Argumentation in the Social Sciences
||Not available in 2021/22
Excluded Combination of Modules
- The module offers an overview of some logical models offered in the social sciences in the course of the last two decades. Instead of making the overview comprehensive, the module focuses on a hands on approach, discussing in details what made these models desirable, what (meta-) features are unavoidable, what are only convenient, what have these models achieved and what are the remaining deficiencies. In short, it aims to teach how to construct and improve such models, and when to abandon them.
- (1) Classical Propositional Logic
- (2) More classical First Order Logic
- (3) Models for non-monotonic reasoning 1 (propositional)
- (4) Models for non-monotonic reasoning 2 (first order)
- (5) Modal Models 1 Facts, Perception and Taken-for-grantedness
- (6) Modal Models 2 Typecasting
- (7) Analytical models (What happens ultimately?)
- (8) Probabilistic models and induction
- Have advanced knowledge of logic and argumentation in social sciences;
- Have advanced knowledge of what made classic models in social sciences desirable, what (meta-) features are unavoidable, what are only convenient, what have these models achieved and what are their remaining deficiencies.
- Have a comprehensive understanding of how to construct and improve models in social science, and understand when to abandon them;
- Have advanced skills and ability to theorize in the social sciences.
- The ability to carefully and critically evaluate models in the social sciences;
- The ability to carefully craft and theorize models in the social sciences.
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- The module will be delivered in a series of 8 hybrid lecture-seminars over term one.
- By commenting on each otherâ€™s suggestions students will acquire both the capability and the attitude to critically evaluate and improve their research.
- Learning will also occur through tutor-supported classrooms and through self-support learning groups, thus enabling students to develop their own effective research strategies and critical evaluation skills.
- Formative assessment is by a 1,000 word document outlining aspects of strength and weakness of a particular theory in a relevant field to the studentâ€™s programme of study.
- Summative assessment of the module is by a 3,000 word written assignment assessing a chosen theory in a field relevant to the student.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
|Self-supported learning groups (students are expected to form their own discussion groups to reflect on and share their learning about the issues raised in the module)
|Independent study, preparation and reading
|Component: Written Assignment
||Component Weighting: 100%
||Length / duration
|Individual written assignment
Students will be required to submit a 1,000 word document outlining aspects of strength and weakness of a particular theory in a relevant field to the studentâ€™s programme of study.
■ Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University