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PHIL2683: Emotions and Embodied Cognition

2024 unit information

Students will apply philosophical methods to the understanding of the passions and the way they influence our beliefs about ourselves and others. They will analyze the most influential theories, historical and contemporary, about how passions can obstruct or enhance processes of knowledge acquisition, and how they function in society more generally. They will evaluate how passions have reflected and interacted with the predominant culture since the early-modern era, and apply their understanding of the passions to the social and political challenges of today. The focus will here be to understand better debates on post-truth societies and the threat of manipulation through (social) media.

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Code PHIL2683
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the debate on passions, affect and sentimentwill understand key concepts in the debate on passions, affect and sentiment
  • LO2. Demonstrate comprehension of the relevance of affect in society and human life
  • LO3. Apply their understanding of the link between reason and passion to the analysis of processes of knowledge acquisition
  • LO4. Apply crucial critical thinking skills in everyday settings (including engagements with media outlets and social media).
  • LO5. Analyze complex philosophical texts to develop arguments of theirown. This involves the ability to distinguish evidence from irrelevant information when presenting their own argumentative point of view and critiquing others.
  • LO6. Collaborate with their peers on a joint project and determine in a self-responsible way thedirection and content of their own learning commitments.
  • LO7. Demonstrate crucial oral presentation skills that enable them a) to formulate in a clear and comprehensive way the results of their own research engagements; and b) to lead group discussions in an inclusive way.
  • LO8. Commit to shared ethical values defining respectful intellectual engagements with peers and teachers in and outside the university environment.

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Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote
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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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