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Professor
GIUSEPPE SERGIOLI (Tit.)
Period
First Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/34]   EDUCATION STUDIES [34/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30

Objectives

1. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 'UNDERSTANDING:
learning the basic notions of philosophy and foundations of science, logic, theory of argumentation and critical thinking.

2.APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
students should be able to recognize foundational aspects of scientific thought together with the main formal structures of the natural language and to ascertain whether an argument is correct or fallacious.

3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS:
the course aims to encourage students towards a correct argumentation in different fields of knowledge and an autonomous critical thinking

4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
students should be able to properly and correctly express what they have learned along the course

5. LEARNING SKILLS:
students should acquire some key logical concepts in order to improve their learning and comprehension of notions and concepts in different scientific fields.

6. EXPECTED SKILLS:
Acquire the capacity to develop a logical-analytical approach to problems.

Prerequisites

No particular pre-requirements are needed. However, it is desirable to have some basic skills in logic and mathematics.

Contents

The course will be delivered in the first semester. It concerns some basic notions of classical logic, some preliminaries about foundation of sciences and basic concepts of argumentation theory.
In particular, the following topics will be covered: 0) historical and philosophical origin of logic; a) what is a sentence; b) the logical connectives: truth-tables, logical truths, quantifiers, the square of opposition, natural language vs. formal languages;
c) the main argumentation fallacies; d) decision making; e) analogical reasoning; f) statistical reasoning; e) from two to many truth values: foundations of quantum mechanics.

Teaching Methods

The course consists on 10 lessons, 3 hours per lessons. Exercises and lessons will be considered alternatively along all the course.
Lessons could also be on-line. In this case, all the on-line events will be recorded and will be available for students.

Verification of learning

Written or oral final exam.
Criteria for the attribution of the marks in the final exam.

Written exam:
- descriptive and argumentative abilities;
- syntactically correct writing and appropriate terminology;
- knowledge of the concepts and capability for a critical analysis

Oral exam:
- speaking ability;
- ability to focus on the subject;
- knowledge of the concepts and terminology;
- adequate critical thinking;

The range for the final evaluation is [18-30].

Texts

Support documents include lecture notes, exercises, selected papers and videos, etc. These materials can be found in the course section of the e-learning facilities of the University of Cagliari.
Erasmus students are invited to address to the teacher for any information.
Books:
1) G. Tindale "Fallacies and Argument Appraisal" Cambridge University Press 2007.
2) F. Paoli, G. Sergioli, C. Crespellani Porcella "Ragionare nel quotidiano". Mimesis 2012.
3) G. Gherardi "Un'occhiata alle carte di Dio" Il Saggiatore 2015.

If requested, foreign students attending the course (e.g., Erasmus students) can be provided alternative references in English. In this case their knowledge will be tested in English.

More Information

Support documents include lecture notes, exercises, selected papers and videos, etc. These materials can be found in the course section of the e-learning facilities of the University of Cagliari.
Erasmus students are invited to address to the teacher for any information. English program is available for foreign students.

The lecturer meets students weekly by agreed appointment via email (giuseppe.sergioli@gmail.com).

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