Logic and Judicial Argumentation
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Loogika ja juriidiline argumentatsioon
Course title in English
Logic and Judicial Argumentation
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
* create the conditions for the formation of logical, argumentative, and critical thinking, for understanding, comparing and using the different models of legal analysis and argumentation;
* to develop students’ skills of logical thinking, legal argumentation and legal writing;
* to teach law students to study and analyse legal problems, to distinguish relevant circumstances and procedure, and also formulate their legal opinion in writing.
Brief description of the course
The course is divided into three parts: first, the basic forms of logical thinking are explained: concept, judgment and inference. Second, the scientific (including legal) thinking logical methods are addressed, with emphasis on classification, definition and proving. Third, in the context of teaching argumentation it is looked at from a systematic perspective; the main models and techniques of (legal) argumentation are covered.
Independent work
Subject 4 ECTS – in day time study form independent work is 72 Hours.
As group work students prepare five topics for legal argumentation at seminars.
Learning outcomes in the course
After completing the course, the student:
* understands the basic concepts and rules of logic and their role in the classical Western culture, including science and law;
* knows how to use the rules of logic in solving problems and in legal argumentation;
* is able to discuss critically and logically regarding the justification of a decision (legal act) in the wider social context;
* can analyse and value teamwork;
* can participate in public discussions in a logically reasoned manner.
Assessment methods
Written exam: three types of questions are presented (clarifying, adding and provoking questions).
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Study literature
Kirjanduse läbitöötamine 1 EAP=ca 160 lehekülge, 4 EAP x 160 = 640 lk.
Kohustuslik kirjandus:
1. Grauberg. E. Loogika, keel ja mõtlemine. Tallinn. TBE. 1996, lk. 5-130;
2. Grauberg. E. Loogika ja vaidluskunst .Tallinn. Olion.1989. lk. 3-83;
3. Neuman. U. Juristide keel. Akadeemia, nr. 4., lk. 782-793;
4. Rask. M. Poliitilise ja õiguskeskse mõttemudeli erinevustest. Ettekanne 2007. a. kohtunike foorumil.

Kohustusliku kirjanduse täielik nimekiri asub kursuseprogrammis.
Replacement literature
Lisaks kohustuslikule kirjandusele:
1. Tamme, T; Prank. R.; Tammet T. Loogika. Mõtlemisest tõestamiseni. Tartu Ülikool, 2002;
2. Toulmin. S. E. The Uses of Argument. Cambridge University Press. 1958, lk 87-135;
3. Meos, I. (2003) Loogika, argumentatsioon, mõtlemiskultuur. Tallinn: Koolibri;
4. Kushner, M. (2001) Avalik esinemine. Käsiraamat. Tallinn;
5. Rebane, M. (1996) Kuidas väidelda. Ajakiri Haridus, nr 4;
6. Pilli,T.; Palamets, H.; Lehtsaar, T.; Tšatšua, T.; Vooglaid, Ü.; Bachmann, T.; Raudsaar, M. Avatult avalikust kõnest. AS Atlex, 2008;
7. Walton, D.N. Legal Argumentation and Evidence. The Pennsylvania Sate University. 2002. lk 1-73.