The Ghost in the Machine? (G5077E)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

You will examine what it means to be an intelligent being and explore how we view ourselves.

You will look at a number of physicalist theories, including the view that cognition is computation.

In doing so, you will examine some of the basic issues underlying cognitive science as an interdisciplinary study of the mind, taking in topics from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, evolutionary theory, biology and philosophy.





50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: