YUFE Module




Interdisciplinary Studies of the Mind Module


What is it?

This is an interdisciplinary module, organised by teaching staff from the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Psychology, that focuses on how we study and understand mental processes, predominantly in humans but also in non-human animals.


Who is it for?

The module is open to students of all undergraduate (BA) study programmes. It is probably most useful for students from study programmes that are related to the main topics (i.e., psychology, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, pedagogy, neuroscience, cultural studies, biology) but may also be of interest to others.


If you are a student in your 2nd or 3rd year, then you are eligible to enrol in the whole module, as you are eligible to enrol in all courses offered as part of the module.

If you are a student in your 1st year, then you are not eligible to enrol in one of the courses (‘Science in crisis?’) but you can enrol in the other four.

General entry requirement: minimum B2 level in English


How does it work?

The module consists of five courses, all of which involve multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary discussions of different approaches and different issues in studying the mind.

Students receive 6 ECTS for each course. Students can either take the whole module (30 ECTS in total) or select individual courses within the module.

Some of the courses are open to YUFE/Erasmus students only, and others are integrated courses, i.e., open to YUFE/Erasmus students and students enrolled in programmes at the University of Rijeka. Please check the information that is updated for each year for more details.


All of the courses within the module are offered during the summer semester.


 




What are the courses within the module?


1. Behaviour – a Door to the Mind? 

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Aim of the course: To familiarise students with conceptual and methodological approaches as well as issues in research that uses behaviour as a measure of mental processes, primarily research in pre-verbal children and non-human animals.


2. Topics in Philosophy of Mind 


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Aim of the course: To provide an overview of the most important philosophical theories on the nature of the mind as well as the relation between the mind and the body.


3. Introduction to Philosophy of Psychology 


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Aim of the course: To familiarise students with the foundational tasks and conceptual issues in philosophy of psychology as the study of the interface problem. Thus, the course will focus on discrepancies between commonsense psychology and scientific notions in psychology and neuroscience.


4. Philosophy of Psychiatry 


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Aim of the course: To familiarise students with the main topics in modern philosophy of psychiatry by focusing firstly, on philosophical discussions concerning the nature and plausibility of the notion of mental disorders and secondly, on recent philosophical analysis of psychiatric explanations.


5. Science in Crisis? * 


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Aim of the course: To familiarise students with the contemporary issues in different scientific disciplines and the different factors influencing these issues as well as provide students with the tools and skills to critically evaluate these.

Due to the training and background of the lecturer, the emphasis will be on contemporary developments within life sciences, however, whenever appropriate and possible, we will also cover examples from other scientific disciplines (also depending on the students' own background and training).

* Please note that this course is only offered to 2nd and 3rd year students.



Learning outcomes:

If they have enrolled in the whole module, at the end of the module students are expected to be able to
- Describe different topics and approaches in studying mental processes,
- Discuss and evaluate empirical research into mental processes from a philosophical perspective,
- Evaluate and discuss the quality of research of mental processes (e.g., validity, reliability, generalizability, etc.)
- Discuss philosophical problems/issues related to the study of the mind,
- Discuss philosophical arguments and approaches to the study of non-typical mental processes,
- Discuss and evaluate behavioural and neuroscience research of mental processes.
- Design and evaluate the design of behavioural observations and experiments