In this unit students will learn the basic skills of reasoning and argument in their application to legal contexts. Topics covered include evaluating arguments, constructing arguments, reconstructing arguments, formalising arguments, clarifying meaning and identifying fallacies.

Students at the end of the unit should be able to (1) identify the structures of real-life legal arguments in order to decide if they are well or poorly constructed, and (2) argue relevant matters logically. This unit develops writing and thinking skills that are applicable to all areas of academic study and which are relevant to working and everyday life, with a specific focus on legal reasoning. Careful application in this unit will deepen students capacities to evaluate everyday practical scenarios and legal argumentation as well as helping them think outside the box.

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