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Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Philosophy of Mind

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHIL20271
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Philosophy
Available as a free choice unit? No


How is the mind related to body? What is consciousness, and can it be captured within a scientific picture of the universe? What, if anything, makes you the same person as you were last night, or last week, or last year? In this course we will investigate such questions, giving students the opportunity to creatively engage in ongoing debates about the nature of the mind.


Pre-requisities: 20 PHIL credits at Level 1


This course aims to…

-        … clarify key terms and concepts in the philosophy of mind;

-        … deepen your knowledge of key debates in the philosophy of mind;

-        … explore links between different areas of the philosophy of mind;

-        … address the role of empirical, scientific data in the philosophy of mind.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to…

-        … display an understanding of a range of related issues in the philosophy of mind;

-        … formulate a philosophically informed opinion on such issues;

-        … build convincing arguments to defend those opinions;

-        … read, write, and discuss key issues in essays and under exam conditions.

Teaching and learning methods

There will be a mixture of lectures and tutorials.

Please note the information in scheduled activity hours are only a guidance and may change.

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

Crane, Tim. 2001. Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Heil, John. 2013. Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. 3rd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Kim, Jaegwon. 2018. Philosophy of Mind. 3rd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Lowe, E.J. 2000. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Ingram Unit coordinator

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