Reason and Argument (V7079)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

On this module, you will become reflective about the way arguments work by looking at a number of paradoxes.

Paradoxes puzzle and perplex us. If you're to sort them out, you have to lay out clearly the arguments and assumptions which lie behind the puzzlement and perplexity. This helps you to see how to analyse arguments generally.

You'll learn that most paradoxes have several solutions: understanding the reasons in favour of different solutions will help you to see how arguments work, and how assumptions are often in play that you hadn't really thought about before.


45%: Lecture
9%: Practical (Workshop)
45%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: