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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Philosophy of Mind

Unit code PHIL20272
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Philosophy
Available as a free choice unit? No


We will focus on the metaphysics of mind. We will begin by looking at different accounts of the relationship between the mind and the body. After this, we will examine issues raised by these accounts of the mental, including the possibility of mental causation, the nature of consciousness, and the nature of perceptual experience.


Pre-requisities: 20 PHIL credits at Level 1

20 PHIL credits at Level 1.


This course aims to:

- give a detailed understanding of contemporary debates concerning the metaphysics of mind;
- enable students to engage critically with some recent contributions to these debates; and
- enhance students' powers of critical analysis, reasoning and independent thought.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

- knowledge of debates concerning the metaphysics of mind;
- a thorough knowledge of some recent contributions to the debate; and
- an ability to present carefully argued and independent lines of thought in this area.

Teaching and learning methods

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Group/team working
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 67%
Written assignment (inc essay) 33%

Feedback methods

The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, thereby enabling students to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are reminded that feedback is necessarily responsive: only when a student has done a certain amount of work and approaches us with it at the appropriate fora is it possible for us to feed back on the student's work. The main forms of feedback on this course are written feedback responses to assessed essays and exam answers.

We also draw your attention to the variety of generic forms of feedback available to you on this as on all SoSS courses. These include: meeting the lecturer/tutor during their office hours; e-mailing questions to the lecturer/tutor; asking questions from the lecturer (before and after lecture); presenting a question on the discussion board on Blackboard; and obtaining feedback from your peers during tutorials.

Recommended reading

Chalmers, D. 2003. Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press.

[The majority of tutorial readings will be taken from this anthology, so you may find it a useful purchase]

Kim, J. 2010. Philosophy of Mind (3rd ed.). Westview Press.

[This is a comprehensive and outstanding introduction to the main issues covered in the course. The earlier editions of this book would also be fine.]

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Michael Crawford Unit coordinator

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