PY1010 - Mind and World

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits

20

The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 7

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Planned timetable

11.00 am - 12.00 noon Mon, Tue, Thu, and occasional Fri

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Dr S J Prosser

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Team taught

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Module description

This module provides an introduction to philosophical issues in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. These include questions such as: What is the relation between the mind and the material world? Is the mind a part of the scientific, law-governed material world? If so, can I really act freely? If the mind is part of the material world, how could a material thing be conscious? What, fundamentally, are material things and their properties? What is it for one event to cause another? What is time, and what is change? How can physical objects persist through change? Can a person persist through time and change and still be the same person?

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisites

You cannot take this module if you take PY1005 or take PY2801 or take PY2902

Assessment pattern

100% Coursework

Re-assessment

100% Coursework (Take-Home Assignment)

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

3 lectures and 1 tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours

39

The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours

161

The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand and begin to answer fundamental philosophical questions in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind
  • Deploy enhanced valuable skills in reasoning and abstract thought by analysing and critically evaluating positions and arguments in the historical and contemporary philosophical literature.
  • Develop and articulate their own views both orally and in writing.
  • Justify their views through reasoning and argument.