Consciousness and Cognition Level 3
Consciousness studies is currently a robustly active research area and it would be good for students graduating with a designated Philosophical Studies degree to understand something of the vigorous debate.
Students will learn why consciousness is an issue, why we want to know something about it, why it is not easy to get the answers. For example, we dont know what we mean by consciousness, and when we think we know we find we dont agree. The different approaches adopted by cognitive psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, and divinity, add to the initial confusion. It is these approaches that will form the basis for our study.
This course will lead students through the minefield of the consciousness debate, concentrating on three broad perspectives: human consciousness, animal consciousness, and machine consciousness.