Module Details

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Code PHIL709
Coordinator Dr L Gow
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


To give students a detailed grasp of some of the most significant debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. To enable students to engage at advanced level with the topics of consciousness, perception and artificial intelligence.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to appreciate the background context to current debates in the philosophy of mind.

(LO2) Students will be able to explain and assess the strengths and weaknesses of relevant competing doctrines, such as those concerning physicalism, dualism, functionalism, consciousness, perception and artificial intelligence.

(S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S3) Students will enhance their abilities in the reading and analysis of complex texts

(S4) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically and analysing arguments with clarity, precision and rigour

(S5) Students will develop their capacities to marshall and structure arguments in academic form

(S6) Students will develop their skills in time management

(S7) Students will enhance their skills in oral debate about complex and controversial matters

(S8) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, respectfully and reflectively, in debates about controversial and profound matters



Indicative content would include: 1. Overview of Issues. 2. Dualism. 3. Identity Theory. 4. Behaviourism and Functionalism. 5. Perception. INDEPENDENTSTUDY WEEK 6:  No Lectures and No Seminars in Philosophy 7. Propositional Attitudes. 8. Consciousness: characterizations. 9. Consciousness: current work on the 'hard problem'. 10. Mind and Self. 11. Artificial Intelligence I. 12. Artificial intelligence II.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: 11 x 1 hour seminars
Attendance Recorded: Yes

a) mixed, hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus: seminars on-campus

(b) fully online delivery and assessment: seminars on-line

(c) standard on campus delivery with minimal social distancing: seminars on-campus

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   11

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 139


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    100       

Recommended Texts

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