* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Questions about the mind and its relationship to the body were put on the modern philosophical agenda by Rene Descartes, and have never left it. They are also at the heart of the emerging field of cognitive science, and related work in psychology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. This unit provides an introduction to the contemporary philosophy of mind and to the philosophical underpinnings of the contemporary cognitive sciences. It explores major materialist and dualist theories of mind, the nature of consciousness, intentionality and concept structure, the rival computational, connectionist and evolutionary approaches to mind, and the nature and overall prospects of a science of the mind. Along the way, it also covers some of the highlights and recent developments in psychology, linguistics and related fields.
ASSESSMENT: HPA207 -2500 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)
HPA307 -3000 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web dependent - L,I,W,H,N Some parts of this unit will be taught online
Resource supported teaching & learning - L,I,W,H,N Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
Video conferencing - H A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.