Mark Solms’ Free Online Course “What Is a Mind?”
Offered by FutureLearn
Following an incredibly successful second round, this free online course with Mark Solms is being offered again. Explore questions about the mind with video lectures, readings, and discussion forums, starting April 18.
What is a Mind?, a free online course in the field of neuropsychoanalysis from the University of Cape Town, offered in partnership with FutureLearn, is being offered for a third time. In this course you are invited to explore pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds.
Led by Professor Mark Solms, Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, What is a Mind? adopts a multidisciplinary approach to explore four defining properties of the mind – subjectivity, consciousness, intentionality and agency. Over six weeks, Professor Solms uses these four properties to help us think about the fundamental questions: what it is to be a mind, why we have a mind and what it feels like to have a mind.
You can find out more in Professor Solms’ post for the FutureLearn blog: What is a mind? – One of the great mysteries of our time
What is a Mind? has run twice already, and has been very well received, making Class Central’s top ten MOOCs list for 2015, and was the second best psychology related MOOC for 2015. The course attracts a global audience, with participants from a wide range of backgrounds including professionals, students and people with a general interest in the topic. This collection of voices adds another layer of richness to the perspectives shared on the course – read one learner’s review. The course is running again from , and anyone can enrol for free on the FutureLearn site.
Designed to fit around the lives of working people, the course runs over six weeks and assumes you might spend up to three hours per week, at your own convenience. It comprises short video lectures, some readings and activities such as quizzes, short peer sharing topics and opportunities for discussion. Once you are signed up for the course, you are also welcome to work through it later at your own pace, as the course will remain open.
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