Body and Mind - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - First Essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Final Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

This unit was previously known as PHI220 Body and Mind.

This unit explores the relationship between the body and the mind. It introduces students to the central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, focusing on the issue of whether the mind can be incorporated into the scientific picture of the world. The first part of the unit consists of a survey of competing philosophical theories of the mind: dualism, behaviourism, the identity theory, and functionalism. The second half consists of a discussion of some topical issues in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. What is the nature of phenomenal (subjective) experience? What is consciousness? Is a physical theory of consciousness possible? What is the role of the body in cognitive processes?

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. learn basic theories and approaches in philosophy of mind
  2. learn to express your opinion and interpretations of philosophical readings
  3. learn to close-read and evaluate a philosophical text
  4. learn to write an argument and essay.

Graduate capabilities

  1. Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills
  2. Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking
  3. Problem Solving and Research Capability
  4. Creative and Innovative
  5. Effective Communication
  6. Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative
  7. Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Essay 1 — First Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Final Essay (40%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Quizzes (15%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PHI220 — Body and Mind

You must complete some Level 1 studies before starting this unit. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Cartesian Dualism
4Identity Theory
6Nonreductive Physicalism
8Consciousness and the Brain
9Representational Theory of Mind
10Situated Cognition
11Embodied Cogntion
12Extended Mind and Distributed Cognition

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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