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Metaphors of Mind (PHL209)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Can computers fall in love? Does our subjective experience matter? Are we mindless Zombies? Where is the mind? This unit traces the repeated discovery and loss of the mind by examining the historical trajectory of the mind-body problem as indelibly tied to the history of modern science which links minds to brains or computers. The unit discusses philosophical and psychological approaches to mind in the broader context of the development of the social sciences.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Other Learning Experiences Internal students complete two 45-minute quizzes, one in mid-term, one at end of term; external students complete a final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PHL230 Theories of the Mind may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit. If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement.
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Appears in these Minors Philosophy
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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