PHIL40970 Consciousness, Agency & the Self

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course covers some central topics in the philosophy of mind, beginning with classic discussions of consciousness and the mind–body problem, and more recent debates about the ‘extended mind’. In the second part of this course, we will consider issues concerning the relation between perception, action and attention: Is the brain a Bayesian prediction machine? What is the role of the physical body in shaping and influencing our experience of the world? And what implications does this have for the possibility of artificial minds and agents?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course will have (1) a good grasp of central issues in the philosophy of mind and consciousness (2) engaged critically with some of the most important views and arguments in those areas, and (3) developed independent arguments and views on some of the issues discussed.

Indicative Module Content:

The Hard Problem of Consciousness

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminar format with participation in class discussion, presentations, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 3,500 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Reading questions Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: 1,500 words Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 15:50