HSC112 – Logic


  • Introduction to Traditional Logic
  • Definition in Traditional Logic
  • Syllogism in Traditional Logic
  • Linguistic Requirements and the Importance of Relevant Linguistic Knowledge
  • Informal Fallacies
  • Introduction to Modern Logic
  • Propositions in Modern Logic
  • Syllogism in Modern Logic
  • The Method of Deduction in Symbolic Logic
  • Quantification Theory in Symbolic Logic

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Define and explain key logical terms and concepts. (A1, A5)
  • Identify fallacies, ill-structured definitions and ill-formed arguments in materials related to Islamic studies. (B1, B3)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Select and apply logical reasoning to produce correct definitions and valid arguments. (B5, C2, C6, D1, D3, D4)
  • Use logical analysis in the field of Islamic studies. (B1, B2, B3, C2, D1, D3)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Learning and teaching takes place by means of lectures, discussions, small group exercises and portfolio. Students are expected to undertake individual study consisting of set and free reading and are encouraged to participate in discussions, led by the lecturer, in order to enhance learning and to cover any gaps in knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Furthermore, students are expected to discuss material presented in class in their mubāḥathah (study circle) sessions to enhance understanding and retention.

Assessment Modes
Participation in debates on a question around topics covered within class provides students the basis formative assessment, whereby students will be expected to present the case for or against a particular position and the quality of their argument be judged by peers. The module leader will regularly give feedback to student regarding the progress of their coursework, a draft copy of the completed coursework need be handed in to the module leader before the 10th learning week as part of the formative learning process. Additionally, revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, providing constructive formative feedback to students.
Summative, graded assessment for this module consists of a coursework and a written examination. The coursework will require the student to write an essay of 1,500  words to be done based on class discussions (Outcomes 3, 4). The 2 hour written examination will take place at the end of the semester (Outcomes 1, 2).

Assessment Weighting
Coursework: 50%
Written Examination: 50%

Learning Materials

Core readings

  • Copi, I.M. (2010) Introduction to Logic. 14th ed. New York: Macmillan.
  • Shirazi, S.M.H. (2006). A Summary of Logic. Translated from Arabic by A. Abdur-Rasheed. Madani EPublications.