Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3117: Philosophy and Psychedelics
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
By considering the multifaceted aspects of psychedelics, we will bridge across the major subareas of philosophy – exploring how they speak to one another and what we can understand about contested practices. [PB1] Contested in this case are the effects of psychedelic substance use on individuals and society, as well as the practices to regulate/prohibit their production. Adopting different philosophic perspectives on psychedelic substances, experiences, and discourses concerning knowledge and science, including current clinical trials, will provide you with insight into a very topical debate. Furthermore, it will provide you with an understanding of the ways in which philosophy organizes knowledge, and how this separation of areas fosters and hinders integrative understandings of phenomena in our lifeworld.
The focus on psychedelics allows teaching core philosophical themes in some depth and clarity about their interconnectedness, i.e. aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of cognition, cultures, and mind, but also philosophy of nature, ecology, and the philosophy of psychiatry and medicine more generally.
This module aims to teach you about a very hot topic in contemporary society and how philosophers engage with it. It invites you to partake in exciting discussions, preparing and giving a joint presentation and writing a substantive essay on a topic of your choice in this subject area.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theories and texts (readings) for the course|
2. Demonstrable understanding of the methodological and conceptual problems of a philosophy of psychedelics
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the structure of the discipline and the interrelation between its subdisciplines |
4. Demonstrate deep knowledge of the philosophical inquiry and dimensions of a specific topic
|Personal and Key Skills||5. Demonstrate ability to critically analyse and present texts, and discuss complex problems|
6. Demonstrate excellent the ability to research independently and write a critical philosophical essay on a module theme.