Postgraduate Course: Theories of Mind (Philosophy MSc) (PHIL11021)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||What is a mind? What are the essential characteristics distinguishing mental from non-mental systems? Two key features traditionally offered in response to this question are (1) representational content: mental states can be about external objects and states of affairs, they can represent and bear content or meaning; (2) conscious experience: only minds are consciously aware and have subjective, qualitative experiences ¿ roughly, there is something it is like to be a mind. A central aim of the course will be to examine the extent to which these two features can be captured or explained by computational and/or physicalist methods, and to explore some of the conceptual issues basic to Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence as theoretical approaches to the mind.
Shared with UG course Theories of Mind (Philosophy Hons) PHIL10024.
Formative feedback available;
- students can submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will be by a 2500 word essay.
Assignment deadline: Monday 15th December 2014 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Monday 19th January 2015
|No Exam Information
| The coursework involves close and critical analysis of various historical and current views on central issues in theories of mind. Students are asked to read, critically assess and discuss some of the most important texts in these fields. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in individual research through the writing of essays, and to develop their critical, analytic and communication skills through informal discussion and oral presentations in tutorial groups.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Taught by Dr Paul Schweizer
|Course organiser||Dr Paul Schweizer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2704
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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