Start date: September 2024. Length of study: 15 weeks. Tuition: £900
The questions we raise below are at the core of your studies when you explore Approaches to Consciousness.
Consciousness is the essential spark of what it means to be human, yet so much about it remains mysterious. Contemporary neuroscientific research has advanced our grasp of many features of conscious processing, but has not answered the fundamental question regarding the basis of consciousness.
As the influential philosopher, John Hick puts it, consciousness is “the great elephant in the materialist’s room.” We need to recognise that the essence of consciousness may transcend the material basis of mind as generally understood.
There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. Come and study purely for personal interest and enrichment … and get the same level access as our postgraduate students who will be studying alongside you!
Before the course begins you will be provided with a course outline which will list the reading materials, timelines, and any activities required as part of the course.
As an open learning student, you will be sampling the course alongside master’s students. This course features 3 general discussion forums and several live webinars (recorded should you be unable to attend).
Transformative learning methods are utilised in all our modules, which support a deep level of self-inquiry while fostering connection with experiential learning of programme content, research skills, and personal and professional growth.
In addition to extensive course materials, you’ll receive 1-to-1 tuition in our unique collaborative learning environment.
Assistant Director of the Alef Trust PhD Programme in Applied Transpersonal Psychology and Lecturer for the Alef Trust MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology.
Laurel Waterman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy, Wellbeing Emphasis, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Matt holds an MSc. with Distinction in cognitive science from the University of Birmingham and a D.Phil in biology from the University of Sussex. His book “Pluralism and the Mind: Consciousness, Worldviews and the Limits of Science” was published in 2011 to favourable reviews.
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