Consciousness and Self
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in cognitive science , phenomenology and philosophy.
- Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
- Analyze and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
- Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical and cognitive science scholarship.
- Understand and critically evaluate evidence from a broad range of disciplines including cognitive science, psychology, phenomenology , analytic and continental philosophy and neuroscience.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (pre-2020 units) PHIL363, PHI310, PHIX363, PHL363 NCCW (2020 and onwards) PHIL3063 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
No additional requirements
This unit explores some of the major traditions in Philosophical and Scientific thinking about Consciousness and the Self. The unit introduces core questions concerning what consciousness is: What can we know about consciousness through scientific enquiry? How can a physical system, such as the brain, be conscious? How do we situate consciousness in a social and cultural context? The unit also introduces philosophical and scientific thinking about the self and introduces questions including: Is there really such a thing as a Self? Is the self narratively constructed? What is the relationship between the self and others?
- Media Presentation (20%)
- Research Essay (40%)
- Participatory task (20%)
- Online quizzes (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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