2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHIL3421 Philosophy of Mind
20 creditsClass Size: 120
Module manager: Dr Ed Elliott
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
Pre-requisite qualifications40 credits of Level 2 PHIL modules.
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. display in oral and written form knowledge and understanding of some central theories, disagreements, problems, and arguments of several module topics;
2. read and analyse complex texts and be sensitive to issues of interpretation;
3. use a variety of philosophical techniques (example, description, argument) in written communication;
4. engage in philosophical theorizing, analysis, and evaluation.
In addition, they should:
5. have some first-hand experience of the writings of some major philosophers on the module topics;
6. be aware of the frontiers of current debate and research on the module topics.
This is a sophisticated introduction to central topics in the philosophy of mind, including such topics as intentionality, functionalism, dualism, supervenience, mental causation, emotion and self-deception.
The student's goals are to:
- understand what phenomena fall under the philosophical study of the mind,
- be able to describe some of the central problems that are the subject of philosophical research into the mind,
- explain why these problems are so puzzling,
- state and partially evaluate some of the ways people have tried to solve those problems, and then
- present and argue for his or her own views on those problems.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study- Reading and seminar preparation: 120 hours
- Essay preparation: 40 hours
- Exam preparation: 40 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackComments on your essays will be returned by the Module Leader. Formal feedback on your final exam will be provided electronically once your marks have been released.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 08/05/2019
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