School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Consciousness and Causality

Module code: PSY325

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Monday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Dr Magda Osman
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module is designed to give students a scientific overview of the study of consciousness and control (e.g., agency, free will, choice behaviors) by introducing critical theoretical movements and empirical findings in psychology. Both the theory and practice of the science behind studying consciousness and control will be grounded in key philosophical arguments concerning causality and agency. In this way, the module will encourage students to critically evaluate a range of approaches in the study of consciousness and control, and integrate philosophical arguments with scientific methods. Topics covered include: The philosophy of causality and agency (e.g., Hume, Kant, Mackie, Hempel); the historical treatment of consciousness and control in psychology (e.g., Behaviourist, Psychodynamic, Information Processing); current developments and advances in the study of consciousness and control (e.g., neuroscientific techniques - EEG, fMRI), differences between intentions and actions, applied issues concerning consciousness and control (e.g., how do we decide when an error in judgment was not made under our conscious control?).

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 6