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Consciousness & Embodiment

The School of Philosophy at University College Dublin is pleased to announce a new exciting one year taught MA Programme on the topic of embodied consciousness and cognition.

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.

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.

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

Helen Kenny MA
UCD School of Philosophy
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email: helen.kenny@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 8186

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation PHIL40030

Stage 1 - Option

Topics in Cognitive Science I COMP40280

Introduction to Cognitive Scie COMP47230

Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception PHIL40250

Philosophy of the Emotions PHIL40430

Philosophy of Mind PHIL40970

Phenomenology: Selected Rdgs PHIL41230

Feminist & Gender Theory PHIL41280

Dealing with Disagreement PHIL41380

Immortality PHIL41390

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

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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