PSY4318 – Multidisciplinary Studies of Consciousness

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Course content

What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness? To what extent and in which forms does consciousness exist in non-human species? Could a machine be conscious? This course will introduce you to the mystery and problems of consciousness, the difficulties consciousness presents to science and philosophy, as well as practical, clinical, and ethical implications.

Following a multidisciplinary approach, the concept and phenomena of consciousness will be studied from the perspectives of philosophy, medicine, neuroscience, and psychology. We will discuss diverse neuroscientific and psychological approaches and models of consciousness as well as the epistemological problems associated with studying consciousness.

Learning outcome

The students will learn to

1) evaluate philosophical and neuroscientific theories of consciousness.

2) synthesise research findings and communicate neuroscientific aspects of consciousness.

3) describe the most common techniques and paradigms for the measurement of different aspects of consciousness.


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Access to teaching

The course teaching will consist of nine sessions of two hours each. 


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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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