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Consciousness & Embodiment

MA Consciousness & Embodiment
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA draws on the research interests of philosophers and cognitive scientists in UCD. It brings together expertise from the phenomenological and analytic traditions in philosophy as well as empirical approaches to the study of the mind/brain to offer a unique taught Masters course on a much discussed and important topic.

- Brings together phenomological approaches, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science.

- Explores the role of the body and its physical and social surroundings in sharpening our traditional understanding of the key issues of perception, the emotions, and attention.

- Through the relationship between consciousness and embodiment, this course brings into focus the intersecting roles of agency, rationality and society in an understanding of the embodied mind.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Course Description
Until quite recently, the experience of embodiment and the role that the body plays in shaping the mind had been neglected. Descartes's view of the body as a machine assigned its study to physics and mechanics rather than to philosophy. Outside of the phenomenological circle, and the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty in particular, the explosion of interest in philosophy of mind and cognitive science in the 1980s and 90s, focused primarily on consciousness rather than the bodily aspects of cognition. In the last decade a new appreciation of the role of the body and its physical and social surroundings has sharpened our traditional understanding of the key issues of perception, the emotions, and attention. Moreover, the relationship between consciousness and embodiment has brought into focus the intersecting roles of agency, rationality and society in an understanding of the embodied mind.

Vision and Values Statement
Our MA in Consciousness and Embodiment programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the core areas of philosophy and embodied consciousness at graduate level. It is also intended to provide a good foundation of graduate work for students who wish to continue to more advanced graduate research. The programme draws on the research interests of philosophers and cognitive scientists in UCD. It brings together expertise from the phenomenological and analytic traditions in philosophy as well as empirical approaches to the study of the mind/brain to offer a unique taught Masters course on a much discussed and important topic. The School of Philosophy encourages our students to be critical philosophical thinkers with the ability to reflect critically on current philosophical debates, history of philosophical thought and add their own contribution. As the largest teaching and research centre in philosophy in Ireland, the programme benefits from many world-leading figures in philosophy that give invited seminars and conferences throughout the year. Small group seminars and participation in conferences and workshops are a key element of the programme design. As such, the programme uses key approaches to teaching such as philosophical debates, critical reflections, essays and paper presentations.

Entry requirements

A good BA, 2.1 or better, in Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or other cognate subjects.

Duration

W309: 1 year full-time, W310: 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Helen Kenny
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8186

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation
PHIL40030

Stage 1 - Option
Embodiment and Enactive approaches to Cognitive Science
COMP40280

Introduction to Cognitive Scie
COMP47230

Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
PHIL40250

Philosophy of the Emotions
PHIL40430

The Cultural Mind
PHIL40960

Consciousness, Agency & the Self
PHIL40970

Feminist & Gender Theory
PHIL41280

Personal Identity in Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL41410

Buddhist Ethics
PHIL41500

Readings visual social cogniti
PSY40550

Comment

The MA draws on the research interests of philosophers and cognitive scientists in UCD. It brings together expertise from the phenomenological and analytic traditions in philosophy as well as empirical approaches to the study of the mind/brain to offer a unique taught Masters course on a much discussed and important topic.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Consciousness & Embodiment FT (W309)
Duration
1 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

MA Consciousness & Embodiment PT (W310)
Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MA Consciousness & Embodiment (W309) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7055
nonEU fee per year - €19200

MA Consciousness & Embodiment (W310) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4590
nonEU fee per year - €9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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