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Philosophy: Insights Into University Philosophy Modules & The Learning Experience With Dr Maria Serban From University of East Anglia

21st March 2022 @ 16:15 - 17:15



  • University of East Anglia: Introducing academic content from UEA Philosophy modules, including Problems of Philosophy, The Meaning of Life and Applied Philosophy, Dr Maria Serban will address the question ‘What is free will anyway?’ Maria will then move on to introduce how UEA Philosophy students engage with these modules and explore such questions during their time as undergraduates in the  School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.What is free will anyway? Chances are that you have come across articles or books arguing that free will is an illusion. You might have also read that the notion of free will – a person’s capacity to choose and control his or her own actions – is refuted by modern science, and more recently by neuroscience. Some quite influential thinkers have argued that human actions are caused not by people’s conscious mental states, but by physical processes in their brains and bodies and the world at large processes over which people have no control.  processes over which people have no control. If this is right, the idea of free will is a remnant of a superseded, unscientific worldview. Can the idea of free will be defended against this growing scepticism without denying science or redefining free will itself? Can it be that the idea of free will is actually supported by our current best science? And what does science teach us about non-human animals and children capacity to choose and control their actions?

This session will support students’ current studies and interests by giving an insight into curriculum areas covered in university modules. In addition, students will appreciate what the further study of Philosophy can look like, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

There will be time and opportunity for participation and questions.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Philosophy and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the proposed content of the talk and questions they may have. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Philosophy at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



21st March 2022
16:15 - 17:15
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