Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2010A: Philosophy of Mind - 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to present and discuss conceptual issues that arise when one tries to understand what the mind is. It analyzes the mind-body problem in its various facets: how it emerged, what it implies, and whether and how it can be overcome. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with major, classic and contemporary views, including "substance dualism", "property dualism", "behaviourism", "identity theory", "instrumentalism", "functionalism", "eliminativism", and "extended mind".

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Present and discuss several philosophical notions of "mind"
2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various proposed solutions to the mind-body problem
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Summarize and discuss several philosophical theories
4. Demonstrate knowledge of essential philosophical concepts
5. Break down philosophical arguments and evaluate them
6. Present and justify their own philosophical views with appropriate arguments
Personal and Key Skills7. Communicate ideas clearly and appropriately by written and oral means
8. Discuss abstract ideas in a clear and competent way
9. Engage critically with the assigned readings
10. Engage productively in group discussion