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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL3421 Philosophy of Mind

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Ed Elliott

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

40 credits of Level 2 PHIL modules.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On 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.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading and seminar preparation: 120 hours
- Essay preparation: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Comments on your essays will be returned by the Module Leader.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
Essay2,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:44:11


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