PHIL 2039 - Philosophy of Mind
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
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 Jonathan OpieCourse 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. 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 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
- Lectures. There are two online lectures each week, which can be viewed on MyUni via Echo 360.
- Workshops. Workshops will help you develop skills of analysis and verbal communication. To prepare for the workshops, please submit brief written answers to 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.
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
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall group discovery experience will occur in two lectures of this course.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes Workshop Participation Formative 20% 1–6 Essay 1 Summative 40% 1–4 Essay 2 Summative 40% 1–4
Assessment DetailYour assessment in Philosophy of Science will involve weekly workshop participation and two essays. The word limits below are lower and upper bounds, respectively.
- Workshops. Each week you will provide brief written answers to the workshop questions discussed in class.
- Essay 1 (1200-1500 words). You will choose one question based on material from Topic 1.
- Essay 2 (1500-1800 words). You will choose one question based on material from Topics 2 or 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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