Dr Matthew Tieu

Casual Professional

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Tonsley
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I provide research support in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and perform casual academic teaching in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


PhD - Flinders University

Master of Arts (by Research) - University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Science/Arts (Honours) - University of Adelaide

Teaching interests

PHIL1010 - Mind and World: This topic examines certain fundamental questions about ourselves, our world, and our place in the world. Questions include: Does God exist? Is the mind the brain? What is consciousness? What is knowledge?

PHIL2603 - Cognition and Consciousness: This topic examines fundamental issues in the metaphysics of mind. It begins by considering a range of possible answers to the question 'What are mental states?'. Theories considered include dualism, behaviourism, mind-brain identity theory, and functionalism. The topic then moves on to the issue of consciousness. What is it to be conscious? How could a physical object like the brain generate our rich conscious experiences? Throughout the topic emphasis will be placed on clear thinking, rigorous argument, and the careful exposition of ideas both orally and in writing.

GOVT1003 - Revolutionary Ideas: Political & Economic: Contemporary society is a product of a series of revolutions: political, social, economic, technological, sexual, etc. This topic introduces students to the ways in which society has evolved through such revolutions of established order and ways of thinking. It discusses how the prevalence of revolutionary processes structures politics into conservative and progressive/liberal camps. The topic places at its centre the debates on the dynamics between capitalism, socialism and democracy. Lastly, the topic thematizes the most recent revolutions at the everyday level, including those tied to the internet, to rising levels of inequality, to sexual and gender identities, and to the environment.

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