PHIL 2039 - Philosophy of Mind
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2039 Course Philosophy of Mind Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible PHIL 2016 or PHIL 3016 Course Description The human mind presents us with a number of mysteries: How does your mind make your body move? How can you represent things in your mind? Can we physically explain what it is like to feel pain? It is difficult to understand how minds fit into the physical world and interact with material things. It is hard to explain how minds are capable of representing the world in all its diversity. And it is a deep mystery how conscious experience, that most enigmatic feature of the mind, relates to our bodies and brains. Philosophy of Mind will consider all of these puzzles, and current attempts to solve them.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jordi Fernandez
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Introduce students to three central problems in the philosophy of mind: the metaphysical status of mental states, the capacity for mental representation, and the nature of consciousness.
- Be aware of the main philosophical positions in philosophy of mind.
- Have experience in analyzing and critiquing written arguments.
- Show improvement in problem solving and critical reasoning skills.
- Be able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in a group setting.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
3, 4, 5
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
3, 4, 5
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesReadings will be made available on MyUni throughtout the semester.
Recommended ResourcesThe following textbooks are useful resources for the course:
Bayne, Tim (2021) *Philosophy of Mind: An introduction*, Routledge; First Edition.
Kim, Jaegwon (2010) *Philosophy of Mind*, Westview Press; Third Edition.
Online LearningLecture notes will be made available on MyUni each week, and the lectures will be recorded. To prepare for workshops, you are required to answer a set of workshop questions. These will be made available on MyUni in the week preceding the workshop.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
- This course is taught in lectures+workshop format:
- Lectures are pre-recorded and will be made available through MyUni.
- You will have the option of attending either a face-to-face workshop, or an on-line workshop through Zoom.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour worshop per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours tutorial preparation per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 1: The Metaphysical Status of Mental States
Dualism, materialism, behaviourism, eliminativism, identity theory, and functionalism.
Topic 2: Mental Representation
Theories of representation and mental content determination.
Topic 3: Consciousness
Philosophical theories of consciousness
- This course is taught in lectures+workshop format:
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes Workshop Participation Formative 0% 1–6 Essay 1 Summative 50% 1–4 Essay 2 Summative 50% 1–4
Assessment Related RequirementsSubmission of two essays is a course requirement. The first one should be about 2,000 words long. The second one should be about 2,500 words long. You are strongly urged to attend the course workshops, though attendance is not compulsory.
Assessment DetailYour assessment will involve weekly workshop participation and two essays. The word limits below are lower and upper bounds, respectively.
- Workshops. Each week you will participate in the discussion of questions previously posted in MyUni.
- Essay 1 (1500-2000 words).
- Essay 2 (2000-2500 words).
Submissiona) Submitting your essays
All essays must be submitted electronically through MyUni. Please do not submit a hard copy of your essay. In this course, we will only accept electronic submission of essays through MyUni. Please remember that it is your responsibility to submit your essays correctly.
b) Overdue work
If your essay is submitted after the due date without an extension, then your work will be considered late/overdue. Please note the following regarding late/overdue work:
(i) Late essays will be penalized at the rate of 2 marks of the percentage mark achieved for that
assessment component for each day that the work is overdue.
(ii) Essays submitted more than 7 days late without an extension will not be marked.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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