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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Postgraduate Course: Mind, Body and Consciousness (MSc) (PSYL11047)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPsychology Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course introduces the hard problem of human consciousness and its context within contemporary psychology. It illustrates the role of the 'ghost in the machine' through notions such as the Homunculus Fallacy, Cartesian Theatre, Chinese Room, and Inverted Spectrum problems. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with phenomenological psychology and to debate and explore its ramifications. The course provides the opportunity to explore literature on embodiment, lived experience, intersubjectivity, the unconscious, and authenticity. Each two hour lecture consists of a practical and a theoretical period. In the practicum participants work together in small groups on structured tasks that offer the opportunity to experience the phenomenon under examination. In the theoretical period the course leader will introduce and summarise the topic, and some designated students will present short summaries of their readings.

Feedback Events:
Weekly 500 word assessed reflection papers
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course participants will have both a theoretical and an experiential understanding of some distinctive features of human consciousness.

Be able to identify the distinctive features of phenomenological psychology and to critique experimental psychology and the cognitive neurosciences.

To evaluate notions of embodiment, lived experience, intersubjectivity, the unconscious, and authenticity in human experience.

To formulate applications of phenomenological psychology and be able to give a coherent account of psychological phenomena in phenomenological terms.
Assessment Information
One 2500 word essay (75%) and five coursework assignments (25%)

Preparation for the essay is supported by three tutorials. To pass the final essay students will need to identify the key features of phenomenological psychology, and formulate a phenomenological account of an everyday experience agreed jointly between the course leader and student. The coursework assignments during the lectures must be submitted within two weeks of the relevant lecture. These will be 500 word reflections on the participant's lived experience, relating this to their learning from the lecture and practicum.

Assignment Deadline: Thursday 12th December, 12 noon
Maximum Word Count: 2500
Assignment Return Date: Friday 17th January 2014
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Course organiserDr Billy Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3342
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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