PHIL 2039 - Philosophy of Mind
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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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 12 units Level I Arts courses, including 3 units in Philosophy Incompatible PHIL 2016 or PHIL 3016 Course Description The human mind presents us with a number of mysteries. 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 (both philosophical and scientific) to solve them.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jordi Fernandez
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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.
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Required ResourcesA reader with all required readings for lectures will be available from the Image & Copy Centre at the beginning of the course.
Tutorial readings and reading lists will be made available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe following textbook is a useful resource for the course:
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 tutorials, you are required to answer a set of tutorial questions. These will be made available on MyUni in the week preceding the tutorial.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures. There are two lectures each week, which can be attended in person or viewed on MyUni.
Tutorials. Tutorials are designed to help you understand the lecture material, but may touch on other topics. To prepare for tutorials, please answer the questions made available each week on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The information below is a guide to the average number of hours per week you should spend on this course.
The total is (12 weeks x12 hours per week) = 144 hours over the whole semester.
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 hour tutorial per week
3 hours revision per week
3 hours tutorial preparation per week
3 hours assessment work (essay and exam preparation)
Total per week 12 hours
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
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall group discovery experience will occur in two lectures of this course.
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Task Type Weight Essay 1 Summative 20% Essay 2 Summative 30% Essay 3 Summative 50% Tutorials Formative Unweighted
Assessment DetailYour assessment in Philosophy of Mind will involve one short essay, and two longer essays.
- Essay 1 (1000 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 1.
- Essay 2 (1500 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 2.
- Essay 3 (2000 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 3.
SubmissionSubmit your essays by posting them on MyUni. Details of the submission process will be provided before the due date. Make sure you keep a backup copy of each essay that you submit, either as a computer file or a photocopy.
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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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