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Body and Mind

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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What you'll learn

About this unit

Provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, Body and Mind is an undergraduate unit that examines the relationship between the body and the mind, taking a look at a variety of issues that bind the two together.

Taking inspiration from philosophical theories, the 13-week unit delves into aspects such as the identity theory, dualism and behaviourism. It also covers topical issues related to philosophy and cognitive science as students look at different theories that connect the body and mind. Such topics allow students reflect upon concepts such as how mental states represent the world, whether the physical theory of consciousness is actually possible and what the nature of subjective experience might include.

As well as learning how to critically evaluate different theories and arguments connected to body and mind philosophy, students will examine neuropsychology, functionalism and computation and the mind.



To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must have completed some level 1 studies. Prior study of philosophy is also recommended.

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course/s:

Areas of study

In this unit, the topics you will cover include:
  • Dualism and its problems
  • Behaviourism
  • Identity theory
  • Functionalism
  • Cognitivism
  • Computation and mind
  • Nonreductive physicalism
  • Consciousness
  • Consciousness and the brain
  • Neuropsychology
  • Eliminative materialism
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Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have developed both their academic and critical thinking skills and deepened their understanding of the underlying connection between the psychological workings of the mind and physiology of the human body.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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