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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition (PHIL11037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an integrated, critical review of philosophical and cognitive scientific approaches to understanding mind, language, and embodied cognition. It aims to give students a sense both of recent developments and of the large-scale intellectual landscape. A special focus is the increasingly popular conception of mind as essentially "embodied and embedded".

According to this conception, thought and reason are in some way inextricably tied to the details of our gross bodily form, our abilities of action and intervention, and the enabling web of social, cultural, and technological scaffolding in which we live, move, learn and think.

Formative feedback available;
- opportunity to submit formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- students can discuss essay plans with course organiser before the summative essay is due
Course description Week 1: Classic Computational Theory of Mind
Week 2: Language and Nativism
Week 3: Connectionism
Week 4: The Dynamical Challenge
Week 5: Introducing Embodiment
Week 6: Evidence for Embodiment: Mirror Neurons
Week 7: The Extended Mind
Week 8: The Extended Replicator
Week 9: Language as a Cognitive Tool
Week 10: Sensorimotor Theory of Consciousness
Week 11: The Bayesian Brain
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay.

Assignment deadline: Monday 15th December 2014 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Monday 19th January 2015
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The course aims to develop student's philosophical skills and their knowledge of the main issues and debates surrounding mind, language and embodied cognition. The teaching is seminar based, and each week students prepare by reading set work.
Reading List
Background reading is particularly important if you are new to philosophy of cognitive science.

Clark, A. (2001). Mindware: An Introduction to Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Clark, A. (2008). Supersizing the Mind. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Copeland, B. J. (1993). Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Introduction. Blackwell, Oxford.
Crane, T. (2003). The Mechanical Mind. Routledge, London, 2nd edition.
Freeman, W. J. (2000) How Brains Make Up Their Minds, Columbia UP, New York.
Haugeland, J., editor (1999). Mind Design II. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Kim, J. (2006). Philosophy of Mind. Westview Press, Cambridge, MA, 2nd edition.
Shapiro, L. (2011) Embodied Cognition. Routledge, London.

The weekly reading list for this course is available on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Taught by Dr Alistair Isaac.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alistair Isaac
Tel: (0131 6)51 5174
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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