Experimentation in logic course reform at the UPJV

It has been four years since  in January 2020 I started teaching the logic course for the first-year students at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) in France.

The first "World Logic Day" was held just on January 14, 2020, so my logic course are held every year on the occasion of «  World Logic Day » https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000371483_fre):

A  dynamic  and  global  annual  celebration  of  World  Logic  Day  aims  at  fostering  international  cooperation,  promoting  the  development  of  logic,  in  both  research  and  teaching,  supporting  the  activities of associations, universities and other institutions involved with logic, and enhancing public understanding  of  logic  and  its  implications  for  science,  technology  and  innovation. 

My basic idea is that I hope to use logic not only as a tool for science and technology, but also as a practice of "critical thinking". Therefore, I have experimented with a reform of the logic course with my colleagues, and the main elements of which are as follows.

1. A holistic view of logic

Traditional logic teaching usually separates « form » from « content » and focuses on « form ». Considering that "form and content" are complementary and form a whole, I emphasize that logic works in "two worlds": the real world and the world of representation, and try to integrate practical scenarios into exercises. 

2. Recognizing Logical Fallacies

The goal is to increase students' awareness of fallacies by designing a small project in which the students practice identifying simple fallacious reasoning and develop an initial understanding of "paradoxes". 

We hope to take a meaningful logic journey with our students this year, …

Thanks to all the colleagues who taught this course together :

Aristotelis Giannakos

Vincent villain

Marisela Hernandez

Frédéric Furst

Marylin Rosselle

Nicolas Guiomard-Kagan 

Monika Trimoska

Fabien Viton

Clemence Mauger

Sulamithe Tsakou