Metaphors of Mind - 2016

Unit summary

PHL209

  • 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 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Can computers fall in love? Does our subjective experience matter? Are we mindless Zombies? Where is the mind? This unit traces the repeated discovery and loss of the mind by examining the historical trajectory of the mind-body problem as indelibly tied to the history of modern science which links minds to brains or computers. The unit discusses philosophical and psychological approaches to mind in the broader context of the development of the social sciences.

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

  1. understand contemporary approaches to the mind-body problem in light of the history of modern science.
  2. recognise the differences and similarities between philosophical and psychological approaches to mind.
  3. engage with the phenomenological critique of philosophy of mind and psychology.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Colour is Subjective, Right?
2Mind and Matter
3The Mind: Blank Slate or Ready Made?
4The Active Mind: Sensibility and Understanding
5The Science of Mind
6But, Where is the Mind? Mind and Behaviour
7The Return of the Mind: The Mental Computer
8Extending the Mind, Losing the Subject?
9The Mind and/or the Brain?
10The Enigma of Subjectivity
11The Mathematical Object
12Rethinking Subject and Object

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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