Postgraduate Course: Advanced Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive Science (Online) (PHIL11135)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is aimed at offering a selection of cutting-edge topics in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Possible topics include: perception, socially distributed cognition, sensorimotor
accounts of visual consciousness, and the role of language in embodied cognition. Students on this course would ordinarily be expected to have successfully completed the corresponding Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science course (PHIL11130).
Please note the course will begin in *September 2015* not 2014.
Provisional syllabus for 2015/2016:
Language and thought
Week 1 - Introduction: the representational mind (Synchronous seminar)
Week 2 - Can animals think? (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 3 - The nativist/empiricist debate (Synchronous seminar)
Understanding other minds
Week 4 - Theory-theory (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 5 - Simulation theory (Synchronous seminar)
Week 6 - Mirror neurons (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 7 - A two systems account (Synchronous seminar)
Week 8 - Evolutionary psychology (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 9 - How does culture affect the mind (Synchronous seminar)
Week 10 - Altruism in non-human animals (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 11 - Review (Synchronous seminar)
This may be subject to change; the final syllabus will be posted on Learn when the course commences in September 2015.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| Students will develop their knowledge of key issues in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. They will also develop their skills in critical thinking and in the oral and written presentation of philosophical arguments.
|The reading list is available through the Talis 'Resource Lists' tool. To access the reading list, go to http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk and search for 'Advanced philosophy of mind and cognitive science'.|
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will commence in September 2015.This course is only for MSc/Dip/Cert Epistemology, Ethics and Mind students.
|Course organiser||Dr Suilin Lavelle
Tel: (0131 6)50 3665
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002