Course code Filz1008

Credit points 2


Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation22.11.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author lect.

Leonards Leikums

Dr. phil.

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to develop the knowledge, skills and competence of sociologists in the field of logic, developing a culture of thinking.
The study course develops an understanding of logic as a science, correct thinking and the use of language in the work of a sociologist. Students learn the forms of thinking: concepts, propositions, conclusions, while paying special attention to the basic rules of logic and argumentation. Knowledge, skills and competences in the field of logic are acquired during the courses.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

The study course provides an understanding of the concept and structure of logic, the importance of logic in social cognition and knowledge of the history of logic. The study course provides an understanding of the forms of thinking and the basic laws of thinking, as well as the nature, structure and types of evidence. (Tests 1 to 4 and final test)
The study course acquires skills to select and critically critically estimate social information in the field of logic and ability to use the knowledge of logic in social quest and in the usage of professional language. (Tests, preparation of an essay, presentation of an essay). Soft skills: Ability to form and evaluate concepts, propositions and conclusions. Ability to operate with concepts, propositions and conclusions. Ability to use basic rules of logic in the process of thinking. Ability to substantiate a thesis, formulate an opinion. (Practical tasks, presentation of an essay).
Ability to competently and responsibly use the skills and knowledge of logic in social quest, and language usage sociology area. (preparation and presentation of an essay, final test)

Course Content(Calendar)

List of lectures (16 hours)
1. The subject of logic, it’s history. (2 hours)
2. Concept. (2 hours)
3. Proposition. (4 hours)
4. Basic rules of logic. (1 hour)
5. Conclusion. (5 hours)
6. Proof. (1 hour)
7. Logic and social quest. (1 hour)

List of seminars (16 hours)
1. The subject of logic. Test 1. (2 hours)
2. Thinking and language. (1 hour)
3. Concept (1 hour)
4. Concept. Division and defining of concept. Test 2. (1 hour)
5. Proposition. Logic square. (1 hour)
6. Deployment of terms in proposition. (1 hour)
7. Combined propositions. Test 3. (2 hours)
8. Basic rules of logic. (1 hour)
9. Syllogism. Test 4. (1 hour)
10. Inductive conclusions. (1 hours)
11. Proof. (1 hour)
12. Logic and social quest. (1 hour)
13. Presentation of essays. Final test (2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Accumulative grade: 4 tests – 20%, practical works – 20%, essay and presentation – 30%, final test – 30%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

During the course student works on written essay about the theme of choice from thematic provided. Minimal amount of essay – 8 pages.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Results are evaluated by the requirements of quality accordingly to 10 point scale.

Compulsory reading

1. Vedins I. Loģika. R.: Avots, 2009. 399 lpp.
2. Apsalons E. Valodas lietojuma loģika. R.: Zvaigzne ABC, 2011. 424 lpp.
3. Smith P., An Introduction to Formal Logic. Second edition, Cambridge University Press, 2020. 428 p. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
4. Bocheński, J.M.. A History of Formal Logic. 2nd Edition. Translated and edited from the German edition by Ivo Thomas. Chelsea Publishing, NewYork, 1970. 608 p. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:

Further reading

1. Classical Logic. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
2. Delancey C. A. Concise Introduction to Logic. 2017. Milne Library State University of New York at Geneseo, NY 14454 [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
3. Kants I. Prolegomeni. R.: Zvaigzne, 1990. 156 lpp.
4. Magnus P.D. An Introduction to Formal Logic. 2005–2017 by P.D. Magnus [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
5. Vedins I. Mācīšanas māksla. R.: Avots, 2011. 359 lpp.
6. Vilks A. Ievads loģikā. R.: Raka, 2003. 111 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Logic [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: https://
2. Open Textbol Library [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
3. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:
4. Žurnāls Labirints, ISSN 1407-2408


Compulsory study course for ESAF academic bachelor study program "Sociology of Organizations and Public Administration".