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PY1010   Mind and World

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 12.00 noon Mon, Tue, Thu

This module provides an introduction to philosophical issues in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. These include questions such as: What is the relation between the mind and the material world? Is the mind a part of the scientific, law-governed material world? If so, can I really act freely? If the mind is part of the material world, how could a material thing be conscious? What, fundamentally, are material things and their properties? What is it for one event to cause another? What is time, and what is change? How can physical objects persist through change? Can a person persist through time and change and still be the same person?

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY1005 or take PY2801 or take PY2902

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures and 1 tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 161

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 100% Coursework

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 100% Coursework (Take-Home Assignment)


Module coordinator: Dr D N Ball
Module teaching staff: Team taught

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand and begin to answer fundamental philosophical questions in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind
  • Deploy enhanced valuable skills in reasoning and abstract thought by analysing and critically evaluating positions and arguments in the historical and contemporary philosophical literature.
  • Develop and articulate their own views both orally and in writing.
  • Justify their views through reasoning and argument.