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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) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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.

Course description The course aims to give students a sense both of recent developments and of the large-scale intellectual landscape in mind, language and embodied cognition. 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.

The teaching is seminar based, and each week students prepare by reading set work.

Please note the course is only available to students taking for credit, not auditing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, 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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay (100%).

Essay deadline: Monday 19th December 2016 by 12 noon
Word limit: 3000 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Friday 20th January 2017
Feedback - Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 27th October 2016 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 18th November 2016
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. engage in rich interdisciplinary discussion that includes philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and computer science
  2. use empirical literature in a philosophical context
  3. develop their philosophical skills and their knowledge of the main issues and debates surrounding embodied cognition.
Reading List
A reading list will be available on LEARN

Some introductory Background reading:
Clark, A. (2001). Mindware: An Introduction to Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Clark, A. (2008). Supersizing the Mind. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing. Interdisciplinary thinking
Additional Class Delivery Information Taught by Dr Till Vierkant.
Keywordscognitive science,embodiment,mind,language,consciousness
Course organiserDr Tillman Vierkant
Tel: (0131 6)51 3748
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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