Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3038: The Self

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will contribute to the philosophy programme by introducing, discussing, and critically evaluating various conceptual and empirical issues related to the self. It will demonstrate how these issues relate to other philosophical topics such as consciousness, embodiment, social cognition, ethics, animal cognition, and religious experience. It will explore how philosophy can inform, and be informed by, scientific inquiry. Finally, it will also demonstrate how seemingly abstract philosophical questions can have concrete relevance for everyday life.

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 and empirical models of the self
2. Critically evaluate the strengths and interrelationships of these different models
3. Formulate new questions based upon our consideration of these models
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Illustrate a variety of philosophical positions on a specific topic
5. Critically evaluate, both orally and in writing, different philosophical positions
6. Appreciate the process of formulating and evaluating different philosophical arguments
7. Understand a variety of philosophical positions in relation to their sociocultural and scientific context
Personal and Key Skills8. Engage critically with assigned readings
9. Communicate concepts and ideas clearly both orally and in writing
10. Engage productively and charitably in group discussions