20 credits at level HE6
1. To develop students’ knowledge of a range of historical and current perspectives and issues in the general area of cognitive science, mind and consciousness.
2. To develop an appreciation of the links between theoretical and empirical approaches in discussions of mind and consciousness.
3. To develop students' analytical and critical skills, and the ability to conduct and present independent research.
Philosophical and psychological perspectives on mind and consciousness.
Evolution of consciousness and the issue of animal consciousness.
Empirical psychological and neuropsychological approaches to consciousness.
Artificial Intelligence and debates about the relationship between minds and computers.
The relationship between language, thought and consciousness.
Consciousness and choice.
Rationality, categories and culture.
Phenomenology of consciousness.
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of teaching, a study/ revision week followed by an end of module exam in week 14. Lecture slots are comprised of formal lecturing, video presentations, and group activity/discussion including problem-based learning and group presentation activities. The lecture sessions introduce key topics and issues and these are further explored through activities in and outside class. Students are given guided reading in order to be able to explore these issues in more depth through independent study. A key aim is to further develop students’ independent research skills, and their skills in critically assessing and presenting complex ideas and debates, both in their written work, and in oral presentation.
Learning outcomes 1 to 6 are assessed in both the essay and time-limited assessment. Learning outcomes 5 and 6 are also assessed in an in-class formative assessment which involves reporting the results of an independent (problem-based learning) investigation of a set topic in this area.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 3 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework and revision).
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some central issues, theories and methods of inquiry in the area of cognitive science, mind and consciousness.||
1a. outline and discuss some central questions and issues which have arisen within discussions of the nature of mind and consciousness.
1b. outline and discuss some answers to the questions
raised and discuss at least two theories about the nature of mind and consciousness.
1c. outline and discuss at least two contrasting methods of enquiry in the area of cognitive science, mind and consciousness.
|2.||demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the links between theoretical issues and empirical research in the area of mind and consciousness.
describe and illustrate the links between theoretical perspectives and empirical data in discussions of mind and consciousness.
|3.||be able to critically evaluate theories and approaches in this area.||discuss at least two theoretical perspectives on an issue related to the nature of mind and consciousness, and demonstrate the extent to which each perspective is supported by theoretical arguments and/or empirical data.|
|4.||be able to develop a coherent and well-motivated position on an issue in this area by drawing on existing theory and research.||answer a question, relevant to this area, which requires constructing a coherent conclusion based upon synthesis and presentation of theoretical arguments and/or empirical data.|
|5.||demonstrate independent research skills in answering a question/problem in the area of mind and consciousness||give a verbal/written presentation of the results of independent research into a question/problem in the area of mind and consciousness|
|6.||be able to use the Internet and/or library as a research tool||
give a verbal/written presentation of the results of an Internet-based and/or library-based investigation of a topic related to mind and consciousness
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2000 word essay||3 hour unseen examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Chalmers, D. (1998). The Consciousnes Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Davies, M.D. & Humphrey’s, G.W. (Eds.) (1993). Consciousness: Psychological and Philosophical Essays. Blackwell.
Dennett, D.C. (1993). Consciousness Explained. Penguin.
Hameroff, S.R., Kaszniak, A.W. & Scott, A.K. (Eds.) (1996). Toward a Science of Consciousness: The First Tuscon Discussions and Debates. Massachusetts: MIT Press. (Out of print but available in the Library)
Lycan, W.E. (1990). Mind and Cognition: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.
Lycan, W.C. (1999) Mind & Cognition: an anthology, (2nd ed). Blackwell
Marcel, A.J. & Bisiach, E. (Eds.) (1988). Consciousness in Contemporary Science. Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press. (Out of print but available in the Library)
Rosenthal, D.M. (Ed.) (1991). The Nature of Mind. Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Velmans, M. (1996). The Science of Consciousness: Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Clinical reviews. London: Routledge.
Weizkrantz, L. (1997). Consciousness Lost and Found. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness: http://assc.caltech.edu/
Center for Consciousness Studies (Arizona): http://consciousness.arizona.edu/
Consciousness in the Natural World Project (Stirling): http://www.stir.ac.uk/philosophy/cnw/webpage1.htm
Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography (Compiled by Dave Chalmers): http://www.u.arizona.edu/~chalmers/biblio.html
Journal of Consciousness and Cognition
Journal of Consciousness Studies (JCS): http://www.imprint.co.uk/jcs.html
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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