Philosophy of Mind (Online)

Course summary

  • Wed 17 Jan 2018 to Fri 06 Apr 2018
  • Online
  • From £260.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O17P439PHV
  • onlinecourses@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Applications being accepted

Philosophy of Mind (Online)



Overview

The philosophy of mind is one of the most exciting areas within philosophy. It is concerned with questions about the nature of mind and the relation between our minds and the physical world. This online course provides an introduction to philosophy of mind by introducing you to the mind-body problem, one of the most intractable problems in philosophy.

Listen to Marianne Talbot talking about the course:

Students will be guided through their reading of various classical and contemporary works on the mind-body problem, and encouraged to think for themselves about the problems addressed. They will engage in various optional activities to stimulate personal reflection, and will contribute to group discussions designed to create a supportive online community with the common task of acquiring an understanding. By the end of the course students should feel confident of their own position on the mind-body problem – even if it is one of not having made up their mind!

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

Programme details

The areas you will cover in this course are:

1. Introduction
2. Cartesian dualism
3. Type-identity theory
4. Functionalism
5. Anomalous monism
6. Reading week
7. Eliminativism
8. Epiphenomenalism
9. Externalism
10. Making up your mind

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.

Recommended reading

To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following paperback book:

  • Chalmers, David J., (Editor), Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (OUP, New York, 2002) ISBN 019514581X

Certification

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.

For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php

Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Fees

Home/EU Fee: £260.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00

Tutor

Dr Bo Meinertsen

Course aims

This course aims to introduce students to philosophy of mind and in particular to the problem of the relation between the mind and the body, by:

  • Guiding them through a number of classical and contemporary readings.
  • Helping them to think for themselves about these important but difficult issues.


This course will:

  • Introduce students to philosophical thinking.
  • Guide students’ reading through a number of classical and contemporary papers.
  • Help participants understand the mind-body problem.
  • Familiarise students with the key arguments for and against the main positions in the debate about the mind-body problem.
  • Enable students to think for themselves about the issues involved in the mind-body problem.

Teaching methods

  • Guided reading of texts.
  • Group discussions of particular issues.
  • Questions to be answered in personal folders.
  • Debating from positions given rather than from personal belief (to hone skills of debate).

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will have gained the following skills:

  • The ability to think philosophically.
  • The ability to describe the main arguments for and against the main positions in the mind-body debate.
  • The ability constructively to criticise the arguments of philosophers.
  • The ability to explicate their own view on the mind-body problem.

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment of 500 words due half way through the course and one longer assignment of 1500 words due at the end of the course.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.