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Consciousness & Embodiment

MA Consciousness & Embodiment
Academic Year 2020/2021
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.

Curricular information is subject to change.

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

Applicants with a primary degree in Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or other cognate subjects.

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.

Programme Outcomes
Focusing on embodied cognition, this brings together the phenomenological and analytic traditions and contemporary empirical work on body and brain in cognitive science

An extensive knowledge of library and online sources that facilitate research, including classical and foreign language sources.

An enhanced awareness of how to work with texts, organise a thesis and set out extended philosophical arguments clearly and compellingly.

An awareness of how to present and defend philosophical papers in seminars, workshops, conferences and other fora.

An awareness of how to compose and structure philosophical writing for peer reviewed journals, book collections and monographs

A knowledge of how to write research proposals and attain funding from national and international organisations

A grasp of how to pursue a career in academic life and the acquiring of transferable skills in research and organisation

An enhanced awareness of the relevance of philosophy to other academic disciplines and to personal, professional and political life.

A deepened appreciation of the significance and value of ideas in and for internationalisation and globalisation

A deepened appreciation of the significance and value of ideas in and for internationalisation and globalisation

A grasp of how to pursue a career in academic life and the acquiring of transferable skills in research and organisation

A knowledge of how to write research proposals and attain funding from national and international organisations

An awareness of how to compose and structure philosophical writing for peer reviewed journals, book collections and monographs

An awareness of how to present and defend philosophical papers in seminars, workshops, conferences and other fora.

An enhanced awareness of how to work with texts, organise a thesis and set out extended philosophical arguments clearly and compellingly.

An enhanced awareness of the relevance of philosophy to other academic disciplines and to personal, professional and political life.

An extensive knowledge of library and online sources that facilitate research, including classical and foreign language sources.

Focusing on embodied cognition, this brings together the phenomenological and analytic traditions and contemporary empirical work on body and brain in cognitive science

Entry requirements

An honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8) in Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or other cognate subjects with a grade of 2.1 or better is required.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Gillian Johnston
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
Guided Reading
PHIL40980
Guided Reading
PHIL40990
Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics
PHIL41000
Feminist & Gender Theory
PHIL41280
Reading and Research
PHIL41530
Fictional Characters
PHIL41540
Problems from Kant
PHIL41570
Readings visual social cogniti
PSY40550

Comment

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.

Related Programmes
MA Philosophy FT
MA Philosophy & Literature FT
MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT
MSc Cognitive Science FT

Application date

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

Duration
1 Year

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 - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Consciousness & Embodiment (W310) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***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: 2020/2021 September

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