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PH359 - Joint Action: Which Forms of Shared Agency underpin our Social Nature?

  • Module code: PH359
  • Module name: Joint Action: Which Forms of Shared Agency underpin our Social Nature?
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

By the end of the module students should be... able to understand and accurately characterise central questions about shared agency and the main views that philosophers have developed about its nature; able to identify conflicts between these views, and to evaluate arguments for and against them; somewhat familiar with, and able to use, formal tools relevant to understanding shared agency, such as team reasoning and plural predication; able to understand and accurately report relevant findings from cognitive and developmental psychology; and able to identify philosophical questions arising from such findings, and to relate them to longstanding issues in philosophy.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures for 2017-18 2 hours of lectures for 9 weeks of term TBC There will be no lectures in reading week (week 6) Seminars for 2017-18 Seminars for this course start in week 2 There will be no seminars during reading week (week 6) Please sign up for a seminar group using tabula.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH359-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2