Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Philosophy of Mind Non Honours PHIL3013

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce students to a number of major issues in the contemporary philosophy of mind. It will look at the main positions and arguments within each topic, and enable students to deploy these arguments for themselves.


16x1hr lectures; 4x1hr seminars over eleven weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

This is one of the Level 3 options in Philosophy and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in one of the Philosophy level 2 courses or at the discretion of the Head of Philosophy. 

Excluded Courses

PHIL4030 Philosophy of Mind.


Essay (1,800 words) - 40%

Examination (2-hour duration) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study a number of major issues in contemporary Philosophy of Mind;

■ study and critically engage with core positions and arguments within the area, such as: dualism; behaviourism; identity theories; functionalism;

■ Compare and critically evaluate competing explanations of central mental phenomena.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the main theses of important philosophical theories of mind;

■ Assess the arguments offered both in support of and against the central theories;

■ Explain and critically evaluate explanations of mental phenomena.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.