Postgraduate Course: Self, Agency and the Will MSc (PHIL11088)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This course gives MSc students the opportunity to engage with issues surrounding the zombie challenge.
Shared with UG course Self, Agency and the Will PHIL10082.
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
The course will provide an introduction to one of the most exciting debates in the interdisciplinary field between philosophy and the cognitive sciences. It will examine the relationship between our phenomenal sense of agency and the sub-personal behavioural control layers that scientific psychology and the neurosciences describe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2500 word essay (100%)
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the literature on the zombie challenge
- use empirical literature in a philosophical context
- critically discuss the relationship between our phenomenal sense of agency and subpersonal behavioural control layers
- understand why it can be problematic to rely on introspection
- apply the issues raised by the zombie challenge in a moral psychology context
|A reading list will be available on LEARN. For a core reading on the zombie challenge see Clark, Andy, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant, eds. Decomposing the will. Oxford University Press, 2013.|
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing. Interdisciplinary thinking
|Keywords||Conscious Will,Sense of Agency,Libet,Wegner,Mental Actions,Introspection
|Course organiser||Dr Tillman Vierkant
Tel: (0131 6)51 3748
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002