Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What is the mind and what is it made of? Can we say that mind and brain are the same thing? Are mental states, like thoughts and feelings, nothing more than brain states? Can machines be conscious? Do they have a mind? Do they think? Is language necessary for thinking? These and other questions will be the focus of this subject, which introduces students to contemporary philosophy of mind and to the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary cognitive science, psychology and linguistics.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssays, online forums, group and/or individual learning activities in class or online.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any first year level subject (in any discipline)


Incompatible subjectsPHI2MBM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify the underlying issues in a complex problem or controversial debate, analyse their structure and employ appropriate reasoning strategies designed to resolve the problem.
02. Identify, formulate, analyse and judge the success of standard form and text-based arguments, using appropriate methods of analysis and critical reasoning.
03. Work collaboratively to assess the merits of philosophical arguments taking into account the different views and starting points of group members.
04. Write a carefully constructed essay in support of a philosophical claim.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay, 1,800 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay, 2000 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Online forum contributions 600 words (in total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4