PHIL 2039 - Philosophy of Mind
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
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: 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: Honorary Professor Gerard O'BrienCourse Coordinator: Professor Gerard O'Brien
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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 ResourcesThere is no set text book for the course.
Instead, readings will be made available on MyUni throughtout the semester.
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 ModesThe course will taught in one three hour workshop per week that will be a blend of a lecture and a tutorial.
Each workshop will be organised around set readings and questions that will be made available in advance of the session.
Students will be required to read the set material and think about the questions prior to each session.
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 3 hour workshop 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 50% Essay 2 Summative 50%
Assessment DetailYour assessment in Philosophy of Mind will involve one short essay, and two longer essays.
- Essay 1 (2500 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topics 1 and 2.
- Essay 2 (2500 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.
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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